Blog Posts in June, 2012

  • Obamacare Upheld!

    || 29-Jun-2012

    CNN.com reports that the heavily disputed Affordable Care Act " Obamacare " has been declared valid by the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision. The deciding vote was cast by Chief Justice John Roberts, who has typically sided with the politically conservative members of the Supreme Court during his tenure as Chief Justice over the past seven years. The landmark case sets the ...
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  • What Makes a Law Unconstitutional?

    || 22-Jun-2012

    Under the Pennsylvania Constitution and subsequent case law, a law is unconstitutional if it is too vague or unclear to inform an ordinary citizen as to what conduct is prohibited under the law. Every year, laws are challenged throughout the United States and normal citizens are convicted of crimes which they didn't even know they were committing! This is an alarming trend. The more you know ...
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  • Closing Arguments in Federal Criminal Case

    || 22-Jun-2012

    How should a lawyer do a closing argument? Does the order of closing arguments matter? In a criminal case in the Federal Court System, Middle District of Pennsylvania, the order of closing arguments goes as follows: 1. Prosecution (Government) 2. Defense Attorney 3. Prosecution (usually a brief rebuttal) The challenge for any defense attorney to persuade a jury is more difficult because of the ...
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  • Right to a Speedy Trial

    || 13-Jun-2012

    The United States Constitution guarantees that all criminal defendants have a right to a speedy and public trial. Rule 600 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure generally requires that the Commonwealth bring a criminal defendant to trial within 365 days of the filing of the criminal complaint. Delay caused as a result of the defendant filing motions to continue or delay any portion of ...
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  • Scott Twp. Theft

    || 8-Jun-2012

    Are you facing theft charges in Lackawanna County? Call ROGAN LAW today to fight for your legal rights! Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent to deprive the use of that property by it's rightful owner. Theft is one of the highest invasions of property rights behind burglary. In many cases, someone you know and trust can steal your property without ...
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  • Wilkes-Barre Man Steals Oven From Church

    || 8-Jun-2012

    Thief Returns Oven to Rightful Owner! Is it a theft if you return the item? Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property, without permission, and with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of the use of their own property. Theft is a property crime. Many business and organizations are targeted by thieves because of their large amount of valuable items and lack of security. ...
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  • Boyfriend Attacks Girlfriend and Toddler

    || 5-Jun-2012

    Are you in legal trouble? Were you arrested in scranton? Assault is the knowing or intentional infliction of bodily harm upon another. Aggravated assault is more serious than simple assault and usually involves some object used as a weapon and/or the intent to cause serious bodily injury to the other person. Weapons lead to more severe criminal charges and increased jail time. There are often ...
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