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2011

MEGAN’S LAW FIXES HEAD TO THE GOVERNOR

HARRISBURG, PA - Legislation to close loopholes that have permitted dangerous sex offenders to live anonymously in Pennsylvania is on its way to Governor Corbett for signature said the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today. Once signed by the governor, transient and out-of-state sex offenders will face prosecution if they fail to registration under Megan's Law. "Pennsylvanians will soon be safer

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Fixes to Megan’s Law Make Progress

HARRISBURG, PA - Loopholes that have allowed dangerous transient and out-of-state sex offenders avoid registration under Megan's Law may soon be fixed, thanks to the pressure that has come to bear on Harrisburg to act the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) said today. "We are extremely pleased that the Senate acted and passed language that matched the House language last night

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Megan’s Law Fixes –The Sequel

HARRISBURG, PA - Dangerous sex offenders who have avoided registration under Megan's Law because of unintended loopholes that permit transient and out-of-state sex offenders to avoid registering may soon have their anonymity come to an end. The state House of Representatives passed SB 818 yesterday, earning praise from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA), which has made closing these dangerous

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Report Would Create Roadblocks to Justice

HARRISBURG, PA -Law enforcement and crime victim representatives serving on a legislative commission studying so-called "wrongful convictions" expressed today strong opposition to a final report saying it failed to properly conduct an independent study, contains predetermined conclusions and makes recommendations never considered or voted on by the committee. "No one wants reliable convictions more than law enforcement and the victims' rights

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PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

Harrisburg, PA - As it prepares to celebrate a century of service, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced its newly elected officers for the 2011-2012 business year.  The election took place during the PDAA summer business meeting July 10-14, 2011.  The new officers are: President: Hon. Francis J. Schultz, Crawford County District Attorney Vice President: Hon. G. Michael Green, Delaware County District Attorney Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Shawn C.

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PUBLIC SAFETY AT RISK; MEGAN’S LAW LOOPHOLES MUST BE CLOSED

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians will continue to be at an increased risk from sex offenders until legislation to close unintended loopholes in Megan's Law is enacted said members of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today at the close of its summer business meeting.  The PDAA cautioned that unless the measure is among the General Assembly's top and immediate priorities

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BILL WILL HOLD DRUG DEALERS ACCOUNTABLE

HARRISBURG, PA - Legislation heading to the governor will help prosecutors hold drug dealers accountable when they sell lethal doses of illegal drugs, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association said today.  The bill also builds upon public safety and protection efforts prosecutors have called for this year, including the recently-passed ban on bath salts and other synthetic drugs and the yet-to-be

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DA-BACKED SYNTHETIC DRUG BAN NOW LAW

HARRISBURG, PA - A district attorney backed bill to ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, synthetic marijuana, 2C-E and salvia divinorum was signed into law today by Governor Tom Corbett. The bill quickly moved through the General Assembly and to the governor's desk after prosecutors and law enforcement reported an alarming number of bizarre and dangerous

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SYNTHETIC DRUG BAN GROWS NEAR

HARRISBURG, PA  - The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a bill to ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, synthetic marijuana, 2CE and salvia divinorum, addressing the serious concern among Pennsylvania district attorneys that these new and currently legal drugs are developing into the most dangerous drug crisis since methamphetamine labs found their way into Pennsylvania. Today, the

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PCAR, PDAA FORM HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESPONSE TEAM

HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association announced the formation of the Human Trafficking Response Team today at State Police Troop H in Harrisburg. The regional response team is the first in Pennsylvania to focus on human trafficking and is comprised of law enforcement, advocates, social services and professional trade associations. "When people hear human

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