After his daughter's overdose death, a 52-year-old gun range owner from the Lehigh Valley dedicated his life to intervening when young people become involved with drugs and the collateral dangers associated with them. He's not performing your standard drug interventions, though. Instead, he stands ready -- and armed -- to pull people out of sticky situations in hotel rooms and flop houses and get those people to a treatment center.
In a move former attorney general Eric Holder called "another extremist action," Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that he plans to retrench an old policy on civil forfeiture. In a speech before the National Association of District Attorneys, Sessions urged prosecutors to "develop policies to increase forfeitures" because "no criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime."
Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity and 16 members are challenging the case against them in a preliminary hearing on the February hazing death of a pledge. According to a police detective testifying at the hearing, the 19-year-old pledge drank a dangerous amount of alcohol before falling down a set of basement steps. The detective says the young man's medical condition then went untreated. He died after suffering a skull fracture, spleen damage, and bleeding in the brain and abdomen.
A 30-year-old East Butler woman has been charged with aggravated assault on an unborn child after overdosing on heroin while seven months pregnant. The baby was born a day after the overdose and is now on life support with "lasting injuries," according to police.
I never even touched him, so I know I didn't commit assault.
"[O]ppressively harsh, even draconian" is the way we termed in a recent blog post many criminal sentencing outcomes dependent on so-called "mandatory minimum" guidelines.
Doesn't it sometimes seem to be the case that top-tier celebrities seem to be akin to fantasy figures, with tabloid-laden lives that resemble narratives grounded in fiction rather than reality?
Sure, most young people duly appreciate -- and quickly -- the need to promptly secure effective legal counsel when they are targeted by law enforcers who allege their involvement in a serious criminal matter.
Summer is officially here. Most PSU students and local kids are enjoying their summer vacations. Parents and young adults also like to take advantage of the beautiful weather and long daylight hours to soak up the sun and spend time with friends. Raystown Lake and Foster Joseph Sayers Lake are likely to be bursting with activity for the next few months.
It likely came as little surprise late last week to members of the student body and other individuals intimately involved with PSU that somber developments surfaced regarding the hazing-related death of a would-be fraternity brother during a so-called "bid acceptance night" this past February.