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4 boys alleged assault captured on viral Facebook video

Social media started as a way to connect with friends over the internet, but it has grown to encompass a multitude of uses. These days, suspected criminal activity is often spread by social media before an accused individual has even stepped inside a court room. This can wreak havoc on the constitutional guarantee that every person accused of a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proved otherwise in court. Recently, the alleged assault of a mentally challenged man by four young boys in Pennsylvania was seen by millions on Facebook before the boys were charged with any crime.

An unknown person posted a 30 second video of the apparent assault on Facebook that quickly went viral. The slow-motion video included four young boys, ranging in age from12 to15, allegedly beating a 38-year-old man who is a valued employee at a grocery store. Reportedly, two of the boys blindsided the older man with punches and continued to beat him as the other two boys watched nearby. The injuries that the older man suffered as a result of the beating were not reported.

Drunk driving, stolen gun, other charges filed against woman

Although anyone accused of a criminal offense is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty, the mere stigma of being criminally charged can negatively impact a person's life and future. Recently, one Pennsylvania woman was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Unfortunately, her legal troubles quickly became more complicated when a stolen gun was discovered, and she allegedly attempted to use a passport in place of her drivers license. 

Police say the woman was speeding when she was pulled over. They also say she was operating her vehicle with a suspended license. In fact, she supposedly offered her passport to the officer, stating that she could not locate her license. While accessing the situation, the officer reported smelling alcohol on the woman. The 26-year-old apparently denied drinking at first, but allegedly confessed later to having an unspecified number of drinks that night.

Tragic Pennsylvania truck accidents claim lives

Unfortunately, accidents occur on Pennsylvania roadways on a daily basis. Despite their frequent occurrence, people usually do not anticipate being involved in one. Accidents can result in physical, emotional and financial damage to any person involved. Truck accidents can be especially damaging due to the significantly larger size of these vehicles in comparison to other vehicles. Recently, a multi-vehicle accident involving two tractor-trailers resulted in the death of two people.

The Pennsylvania accident occurred on a recent afternoon on the northbound lanes of Interstate 81. The accident was extensive and stalled traffic traveling northbound on the interstate for hours. One of the tractor-trailers caught fire as a result of the crash.

Pennsylvannia football player accused of drunk driving on campus

Many people that have attended college can recount irresponsible decisions they have made. Unfortunately, some mistakes by some college students may impact them beyond their college years. Any decisions that conflict with established law may result in a permanent record and possible problems on employment and rental applications in the future. Fortunately, criminal defense lawyers are available to advise any accused student of his or her rights and legal options. One Pennsylvania football player has recently been accused of making a series of poor decisions that allegedly resulted in drunk driving.

The 21-year-old offensive lineman for the University of Pittsburgh is accused of making the unfortunate decision to drive under the influence. To make matters more complicated, he apparently did not pull over when campus police attempted to stop him. Reportedly, he led the campus police on a car chase prior to crashing his vehicle into an unoccupied vehicle. He allegedly made one last attempt to run on foot from police after crashing his vehicle.

6 aspects of a personal injury trial

Many people commonly consider legal action after suffering injuries in a serious accident. If you have found yourself in such a predicament, you may believe that seeking compensation from the individual or individuals considered at fault could suit your circumstances. You may also think that by filing a claim you will end up in a heated trial as you fight for justice, much like many fictional scenes depict.

Because many aspects of a trial do not have an intensity that most people find entertaining, television shows and movies often omit numerous steps of the lawsuit process. As a result, you may want to find out more information on what steps happen apart from the back-and-forth questioning seen on TV.

Monsignor convicted of theft of funds for retired priest home

The Catholic church has not been immune to scandals and news coverage in the last couple of decades. Unfortunately, they have another scandal to handle. Recently, a Pennsylvania Monsignor admitted to theft of funds from the residence where he lived over several years.

The Monsignor lived in a retirement home for priests like himself, and it also housed priests accused of sexual abuse. Once an alcoholic himself, he was reportedly passionate about helping other priests handle their addictions. He was in charge of handling the finances for the home and the income it received. The fund he embezzled money from was often funded by the estates of deceased priests. He confessed to nine years of using the fund's money for his own needs and wants, which included gambling, before he was caught. 

Assault at bar leads to jail time for Pennsylvania man

As the school year ends, celebrations will begin. For many students and adults the celebrating may involve consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, some individuals do not make wise choices with alcohol in their system. When the poor choices lead to conflict with the law, one choice can result in a multitude of consequences. One man in Pennsylvania recently was found guilty of assault after enjoying an evening at a bar.

The 28-year-old man was leaving a bar with his female companion when conflict arose. According to reports another man fell against his vehicle while he and the female were in it, prompting him to exit his vehicle. The men began to fight and other bystanders got involved. At some point during the argument, he retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the other four men that were involved in the brawl.

Stricter drunk driving laws considered by Pennsylvania lawmakers

As the end of the semester nears and Pennsylvania college students begin attending graduation parties and likely consuming alcohol, some may find themselves in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, some students may make the unwise decision to attempt to operate a vehicle with alcohol in their system. In the moment, they may not contemplate the potential consequences that may await them if they are formally charged with a DUI. Current consequences for drunk driving in Pennsylvania are less severe than in other states, but state lawmakers are considering stricter laws and harsher penalties.

State lawmakers and families that have lost loved ones as a result of an intoxicated motorist are behind the drive to pass several laws that will increase the consequences for DUIs. In the last couple of years, lawmakers were able to pass a law requiring first time offenders to use an ignition interlock device while driving. Advocates for harsher penalties are hopeful that if the current new bills are enacted, they will result in decreased drunk driving. 

Legal advice available for victims involved in truck accidents

Almost on a daily basis, parents trust bus drivers for the transport of their children to and from school in a safe manner. Unfortunately parents may not realize that, for complete safety of their children, they must also trust other motor vehicle drivers to operate their vehicles responsibly in the vicinity of school buses. Sadly, one of many recent avoidable truck accidents in Pennsylvania involved a collision with a school bus and resulted in the death of a school bus driver.

Reportedly, the 54-year-old bus driver was alone on the bus and was just beginning her route when the accident occurred. The bus driver had apparently began to slow to a stop to pick up her first students of the day just prior to the collision. The 59-year-old man driving the tri-axle truck carrying a heavy load apparently did not notice the yellow caution lights warning of the bus's impending stop. He collided into the rear of the bus and came to a stop after crashing into a home off the side of the road.

Man accused of identity theft for using stolen name for 20 years

There is a popular website used by many to discover fun facts about their family ancestors and history. While one woman was filling out her family tree, she unintentionally made a discovery that led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania for identity theft. The man has apparently lived for 20 years under the name of a deceased baby, but he must now answer the formal charges under the identity with which he is said to have been born. Fortunately, he does not have to navigate the criminal court system alone. Experienced criminal defense attorneys are available for any accused persons to offer legal advice and provide ongoing support.

Allegedly, the man began living under another name around the 1996. After he apparently escaped a half-way home, he picked a name from a gravestone that listed a birthday close to his own. Allegedly, he obtained the birth certificate under the boy's name as well. Over the years he has become married, divorced, moved to multiple states and became licensed to be a nurse assistant under the deceased boy's name. 


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