Blog Posts in May, 2010

  • Marcellus Shale - Where Do You Fit In?

    || 27-May-2010

    Another interesting piece about Marcellus Shale drilling appeared in today's Times-Tribune. The paper ran a "middle path" editorial which observed that drilling will have both costs and benefits, and that while some people in our region will come out winners, others will not, as their property values will be negatively affected. Mostly, the editorial focused on a bill in Harrisburg ...
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  • Marcellus Shale's Potential Impact

    || 27-May-2010

    Those who support developing the Marcellus Shale formation for natural resource extraction generally point to the economic benefits such development will have both for individuals within our region and for our region as a whole. They make compelling arguments, although, as yesterday's Times-Tribune points out, disagreement remains over the actual number of jobs and income drilling will ...
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  • Moosic Auto Accident on Interstate 81

    || 24-May-2010

    According to the Times-Tribune, a recent, late-night car crash on Interstate 81 in Moosic sent three people to the hospital after a young driver fell asleep at the wheel, struck a tractor trailer, and flipped off the road and down a 75-foot embankment. Accidents like these happen all too often in Scranton and the surrounding area, with serious or even deadly outcomes for those involved. If you or ...
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  • Scranton Heroin Charges

    || 24-May-2010

    Law enforcement officials nationwide are facing a new enemy - a super-pure heroin so deadly it can lead to immediate death for users. The Associated Press reports that police officers have begun finding users dead with syringes still in their arms, or lying face down next to the straw they had used to snort the drug. Heroin deaths rose more than 18 percent between 2007 and 2008, and law ...
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  • Scranton Property Crimes, Scranton Violent Crimes

    || 24-May-2010

    NPR reported today that, despite our ongoing economic recession, crime rates continue to fall nationwide. This marks the third consecutive year of reported decreases in property crimes and violent offenses. Despite this great news, the unfortunate fact remains that plenty of individuals in our area still find themselves charged with Scranton property crimes or Scranton violent crimes that require ...
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  • WCOGTF Meeting Offers Glimpse into Marcellus Shale Contentions

    || 20-May-2010

    I have blogged several times recently about Marcellus Shale drilling projects being planned and implemented throughout our region. Most recently, I wrote about Wayne County; just today, looking through the River Reporter, I found an article that shows just how divided local communities can be over the issue of resource extraction. The article detailed the discussion at the first public meeting of ...
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  • Pike County Zane Grey Exhibit

    || 20-May-2010

    Fans of old western novels and films will be happy to hear that the Zane Grey Museum in Pike County has launched a new exhibit, "Zane Grey: An American Storyteller," that will open this Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 am. For more information, see the River Reporter article providing details, or call 570-729-4871. Zane Grey lived in Lackawaxen from 1905 to 1918 and was one of Pike County's ...
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  • Cell Phone Use While Driving: Mountain or Molehill?

    || 17-May-2010

    A friend and fellow NEPA personal injury lawyer recently vented online regarding his frustration with Oprah Winfrey's high-profile campaign against cell phone use while driving. He asked: They were designed as car phones, weren't they? Does the number of people hurt really warrant Oprah's response? Another Scranton personal injury law firm doesn't seem to think so. Shortly after ...
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  • Scranton Sex Crimes

    || 13-May-2010

    I have been writing a bit lately about the social stigma of criminal accusations and about the difficulty individuals often have establishing their innocence after the public, or sometimes even the courts, have determined their guilt, before verdict. This is perhaps nowhere more true than with Scranton sex crime accusations. Sex crimes are considered among the worst acts a person can commit, and ...
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  • The Times-Tribune reports that as drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation becomes a reality throughout much of our region, the Delaware River Basin Commission, which regulates activities impacting the watershed and which makes up most of Wayne County, is developing its own standards for natural gas drilling. Though exploration may continue, no production will happen until the ...
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  • Scranton Serious Injury Attorney

    || 13-May-2010

    Listening to NPR, I recently heard a story discussing emerging evidence that the massive, catastrophic oil spill that continues to contaminate the Gulf of Mexico was caused by as series of human and equipment failures that could have been prevented by better regulatory oversight. What a shame that the only way we can rely upon many people and corporations to do the right thing is to watch their ...
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  • Wayne County Personal Injury Lawyer

    || 13-May-2010

    With warm weather arriving, I am thinking about summer and the delicious foods that come along with it. Foods that I used to take for granted, though, I have recently begun to reconsider after watching a few films and doing some reading about the food industry, factory farms, sustainable agriculture and what it means to "keep it local." A great place to start if you're interested in ...
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  • Innocent Ohio Man Free after 29 Years

    || 5-May-2010

    Today on NPR, I heard the story of an Ohio man who was wrongly convicted of rape, served nearly 30 years in prison, and then, thanks to the work of the Ohio Innocence Project, was freed after DNA evidence proved he could not have committed the crime for which he was incarcerated. This story that reminds me why my work as as a Scranton criminal appeals lawyer is so important. The most amazing part ...
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  • Luzerne County Felony Defense

    || 5-May-2010

    It's probably not a great idea for a Luzerne County felony defense attorney to read the public comments that follow news articles detailing successful defense strategies lawyers use to advocate on behalf of their clients. Everyone is an expert, especially regarding high-profile cases, and the professionals advocating on behalf of the accused are often denigrated right along with their client. ...
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  • CMC Accused of Wrongful Death, Failure to Diagnose

    || 2-May-2010

    The Times-Tribune reports that Community Medical Center (CMC) in Scranton and one of its emergency room doctors are facing accusations of wrongful death for failing to diagnose the life-threatening symptoms of a man who sought treatment at the hospital but was released rather than hospitalized for his injuries. Hours after his release, he died in a car accident after losing control of his vehicle. ...
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