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March 2016 Archives

NY Sen. trying to end statutes of limitation for child sex crimes

Earlier this month, we wrote about efforts in Pennsylvania to change statute-of-limitations laws in cases related to child sex abuse. The problem with current laws is that they are inconsistent with how victims commonly process their abuse.

Police look for hit-and-run driver in Pennsylvania accident

All car accidents have the potential to be deadly and destructive. However, there are certain types of car accidents that are, on average, more deadly and destructive than others. Many accidents involving great size disparities, such as accidents involving semi-trucks and smaller vehicles, can create large dangers. Similarly, car accidents involving pedestrians can be extremely dangerous for the pedestrian. Pedestrians are not protected by the safety features that are standard in most motor vehicles, and are extremely vulnerable to harm.

Recalls for auto defects might rise in the coming months

The recall of automobiles due to design defects in the airbags has grown so prevalent that the public is almost inured to ongoing reports about it. However, people in Pennsylvania and all over the world need to pay attention to it as it continues. Vehicle companies whose products have the airbags manufactured by Takata could need to issue another recall because of 70 to 90 million airbag inflators that might be defective. Investigators are trying to determine the safety risks drivers face because of these airbags.

Pennsylvania AG charges 3 friars with abetting child sex abuse

In early 2013, a Franciscan friar committed suicide in the Pennsylvania monastery where he had been living. The friar, a man named Stephen Baker, had been accused of sexually molesting dozens of children in several states, and the list of accusers was getting longer by the day. If he had acted alone, Baker's suicide might have been the unfortunate end to an already devastating story.

The difficulty of determining when elder abuse is occurring

We have previously written about the dangers that some elderly Americans face in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Too often, nursing home residents face physical, psychological and even sexual abuse by a staff member or by other residents. And if the victim has dementia or other cognitive difficulties, the abuse often goes unreported.

Car accident involving drunk driver leaves all parties injured

Drunk driving is a problem that government entities and law enforcement agencies attempt to tackle on a daily basis, and yet the impact of those efforts can sometimes seem minimal. The problem isn't just about the added criminal cases in an already overly burdened justice system; drunk drivers present a serious danger on the roadways of Philadelphia, both to themselves and to others.

Statewide Grand Jury Issues Report Recommending the Abolishment the Criminal SOL

A statewide grand jury formed to investigate the most recent child sexual abuse scandal at a Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania, this time in Altoona-Johnstown, recommended the abolishment of the criminal statute of limitations. They also recommended opening a widow to allow civil suits in cases of child sexual abuse. To read further :

First steps following a car accident

When a Pennsylvania resident becomes involved in a car accident, there are many things that may run through his or her mind. A car accident victim may worry about what actions are appropriate; he or she may feel scared and uncertain, maybe even temporarily paralyzed by these overwhelming emotions. Thankfully, there are general guidelines that a car accident victim can follow immediately following a car accident. What's more, attorneys are often available to assist with the legal actions a victim may wish to take some time after a car accident occurs.

New information on bishops' roles in Pennsylvania clergy sex abuse

One of the reasons that the movie "Spotlight" has resonated so deeply with the public is that the story is a familiar one. The abuse and cover-ups that took place in the Boston area are strikingly similar to cases that occurred all around the United States, including in Pennsylvania.

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