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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson has been elected president to lead the organization during the 2017–2018 business year. The election took place during the institution’s annual business meeting. The new officers are:

President:                   Hon. D. Peter Johnson, Union County District Attorney
Vice President:          Hon. David J. Arnold, Jr., Lebanon County District Attorney
Secretary Treasurer: Hon. John T. Adams, Berks County District Attorney

PDAI is the educational and training arm of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA).

“The association and institute work together to ensure justice and integrity in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system,” Johnson said. “Through the education and training of our district attorneys and their assistants we are constantly working to ensure prosecutors follow our motto: ‘do the right thing, for the right reasons.’”

Previously, Johnson served as president of the PDAA (2014-15). First elected Union County District Attorney in 1995, Johnson created a policy that the Commonwealth would always be represented at preliminary hearings to facilitate efficient adjudications and dispositions. He also served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Committee. Prior to his election as district attorney, Johnson served as an assistant district attorney and conducted a general law practice as a partner in the Lewisburg firm of Matson and Johnson. Born and raised in Erie, PA, Johnson first came to Union County as a law clerk for then-President Judge James McClure in Aug. 1984. During his clerkship, Johnson was part of the creation of the Union County Victim/Witness Board. He is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law (1984) and Gannon College (1979).

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute is the education and training affiliate of the Association. It was founded in 1983 for the purpose of developing and providing educational materials and training seminars for District Attorneys. In addition to providing training and materials to District Attorneys and their staffs, the Institute also conducts child abuse investigation courses, case law updates and other training courses for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement officials and administers programs to provide training to victim service professionals.  For more information about the Institute and its offerings, click here.



Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced its newly elected officers for the 2017–2018 business year. The election took place during the association’s annual business meeting. The new officers are: President:                               Hon. John T. Adams, Berks County District Attorney Vice President:                      Hon. Richard A. Goldinger, Butler County District Attorney Secretary Treasurer:            Hon. Raymond J. Tonkin, Pike

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New Forfeiture Law Balanced and Meaningful

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association said today that bipartisanship and cooperation led to the balanced and meaningful reforms to Pennsylvania’s civil asset forfeiture laws signed into law today and thanked Governor Tom Wolf and Senators Joe Scarnati, Stewart Greenleaf, Mike Folmer, and Jay Costa, as well as Representatives Dave Reed and Frank Dermody for their support. “SB 8 makes

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HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) President and Lebanon County District Attorney David J. Arnold Jr. released the following statement today after the announcement that Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams pled guilty to a corruption charge and has resigned from office: “It’s a difficult day for Philadelphia, but it is also a day that demonstrates no one is above the

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PDAA Blog Post: Body Camera Legislation Will Benefit Everyone

By John Adams, PDAA Vice President and Berks County District Attorney The conversation around policing has evolved rapidly in the last few years, and the rise of social media and shareable content has generated interest in one important subject particularly: the use of body cameras by police departments.  Body cameras used correctly by police benefit everyone.  They help hold rogue police

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Prosecutors, law enforcement, families and PA’s top victim advocate call on Senate to take action on HB 741 Harrisburg, PA —Prosecutors, law enforcement, victims, victims’ families, and victims’ advocates called on the state Senate to protect Pennsylvania’s communities by taking action on a bill that would restore mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenders. House Bill 741 passed the House by a vote

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Testimony of Ed Marsico Dauphin County District Attorney Legislative Chair, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Robert Falin Deputy District Attorney, Appeals Unit Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Susan Moyer Assistant District Attorney, Appeals Unit Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing to Examine DNA Testing and Post-Conviction Relief

Harrisburg, PA Good morning Chairmen Greenleaf and Leach, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. My name is Ed Marsico, and I am the Legislative Chair for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and District Attorney of Dauphin County. I am joined today by Bob Falin and Sue Moyer, who respectively head the appeals divisions in the Montgomery County and Lancaster County

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PDAA Support for HB 741

Pennsylvania’s District Attorneys strongly support HB 741 introduced by Representative Stephens. This legislation is necessary to restore many mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently struck down some of our mandatory minimum sentencing statutes because they did not require the Commonwealth to prove the elements triggering the sentence beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, Pennsylvania has

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PDAA Blog Post: Being Smart on Crime Means Being Tough on Violent Offenders

By Greg Rowe, Chief of the Legislation and Policy Unit. Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Our General Assembly continues with its important task of conducting appropriations hearings, where state agencies and other entities appear before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to discuss their budgetary needs.  During this process, substantive questions about their operations and about larger policy issues are often raised

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Statute of Limitations Reform

SB 261 includes meaningful and significant steps, supported by PDAA, to reform our child abuse-related statutes of limitations. Most significant, SB 261 will eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for many sexual offenses committed against a child.  For many reasons, young victims of rape and other sexual assaults do not always report to law enforcement or to anyone, including loved ones,

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