The Uphill Slide

There is always something.

06/20/2017
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Call Me For A Hung Jury

I felt sure (at least certain of something) it was coming after the jury’s first declaration of deadlock. Not acquittal but mistrial. Questions about reasonable doubt and consent meant disagreement about verdict. Finally, no swaying of diverging opinion. What can … Continue reading

03/11/2017
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Enough Injustice to Go Around

It’s not just the wrongfully convicted and their family that pays for that injustice. Read Jeannette Popp’s story about how she felt to find the wrong men were convicted of her daughter’s murder. Then she faced the real killer.  

02/16/2017
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Mystery Theater

You’re in the middle of a mystery. You missed the clues and didn’t gather evidence to solve the mystery. That was Jacob’s story. We started after his arrest to gather evidence or rather review the lack of it. The truth … Continue reading

02/13/2017
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Sex Offender Programs

A guy said he couldn’t wait to take a denial polygraph. He took a deal so what was the denial polygraph going to do for him? It’s not used in Pennsylvania courts so the real use of this non-definitive tool … Continue reading

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/01/15/Pennsylvania-Superior-Court-questions-whether-Allegheny-County-Common-Pleas-judge-is-over-punishing-sex-offenders/stories/201701120030

https://floridaactioncommittee.org/dobbs-wire-win-pennsylvania-appeals-court-overturns-sentence-rebukes-judge/

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/01/19/Out-of-order-Superior-Court-raps-Judge-McDaniel-on-sentences/stories/201701310043

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_776626.html

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_690441.html

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/10/pennsylvania_judge_accused_of.html

02/11/2017
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Sentencing Hearing #2

Two weeks after the October 7, 2015, ¬†hearing, we were back in the same room before the same judge. This time Jacob was wearing his suit wrinkled from storage in the jail, the same suit he was wearing the day … Continue reading

02/10/2017
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Sentencing Hearing #1

I’ve had unfinished drafts saved for a while, and it’s time to finish Jacob’s story. Forgive my disjointed approach. We arrived for the sentencing on the morning of October 7, 2015, with several of Jacob’s friends. Jacob was guided down … Continue reading