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2013

District Attorneys Laud Enactment of Historic Child Protection Legislation

Urge Continued Efforts and Vigilance on Behalf of Children Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association lauded the enactment today of historic legislation that will improve Pennsylvania's child abuse laws and better ensure that perpetrators of child abuse are held accountable. "This package of legislation will literally transform how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse," said PDAA President and Cumberland County District

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Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law is in Full Effect

The legislature revised and updated the law in 2011 HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law is not affected by yesterday’s state Supreme Court decision in Commonwealth v. Neiman, Reps. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin County) and Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks County), the majority and minority chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee, said today. Joining them was David Freed, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) president. The Pennsylvania

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Governor Corbett Launches Statewide Healthy Pennsylvania Drug Take-Back Initiative

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today launched another piece of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan, a permanent statewide drug take-back program that will provide up to 250 secure medicine return boxes throughout Pennsylvania. The new MedReturn boxes, installed in 29 Pennsylvania counties, allow individuals to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously. “My Healthy Pennsylvania Drug Take-Back initiative

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PDAA Heroin Testimony, Freed & Marsico

Testimony of David J. Freed Cumberland County District Attorney President, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Edward M. Marsico, Jr. Dauphin County District Attorney President, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute On Behalf of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Before the House Judiciary Committee Regarding the Heroin Epidemic in Pennsylvania Good Morning Chairmen Marsico and Caltagirone. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the House Judiciary Committee this morning on the important

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PA Prosecutors’ Work Recognized Nationally for Conviction in the Murder of Wildlife Conservation Officer Grove

Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association’s immediate Past-President and Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner and Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele today receive the 2012-2013 Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in Capital Litigation.  The award was presented by the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation at its 34th Annual Seminar Conference in Washington,

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Crawford County District Attorney Elected PDAI President

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz has been elected president as part of the board’s new slate of officers elected to lead the organization during the 2013-2014 business year. The new officers are: President: Hon. Francis J. Schultz, Crawford County District Attorney Vice President: Hon. Shawn C. Wagner, Adams County District Attorney Secretary-Treasurer: Hon.

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Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Elects New Officers

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced its newly elected officers for the 2013-2014 business year. The election took place during the association’s annual business meeting. The new officers are: President:  Hon. David J. Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney Vice President:  Hon. D. Peter Johnson, Union County District Attorney Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Risa Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney “Pennsylvania’s District Attorneys have always

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Important Synthetic Drug Bill Sent to Governor

Harrisburg, PA – A bill to update Pennsylvania’s ban on synthetic drugs passed the state Senate today and will soon be sent to the governor’s desk.  The bill, H.B. 1217 (Stern, R-Blair), focuses on helping law enforcement keep up with the substances illicit chemists use to manufacture dangerous drugs that skirt the law and have had tragic results in communities

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DAs Praise PA House in Fight Against Bath Salts and Synthetic Marijuana

Harrisburg, PA - Synthetic drugs may be illegal in Pennsylvania, but it only takes minor tweaks of the chemical formulations to turn the illegal substances into legal ones. That doesn't mean they are less dangerous. Yesterday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that will help law enforcement keep up with the substances chemists use to manufacture dangerous drugs that

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DA Stedman Testimony on Sentencing Reform

Good morning, Chairmen Greenleaf and Leach, Senator Stack, and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. My name is Craig Stedman, and I am the District Attorney of Lancaster County. I also practiced in a limited capacity as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and prosecuted federal firearms and drug related crimes. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with

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