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2015

PDAA Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Williams Case Reprieve

PDAA Executive Director Richard Long issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Governor Wolf’s reprieve in Commonwealth v. Terrance Williams: “While the Supreme Court's decision is disappointing, we respect the court's decision and appreciate the court's willingness to take up the issue.  As stewards of the legal system and out of concern for crime victims and their families,

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Capital BlueCross Gives $100,000 to Provide Police Officers with Naloxone

Medication reverses heroin and opioid overdoses HARRISBURG (Dec. 14, 2015) – Capital BlueCross today announced it is providing an additional $100,000 to arm police officers with naloxone, the medication that reverses heroin overdoses. Capital BlueCross is committed to its tradition as a strong community partner and doing what it can to help stem the growing heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. This is the

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Prosecutors Applaud Endowment Act Funding of Children’s Advocacy Centers

HARRISBURG, PA -- Pennsylvania prosecutors applauded the Commonwealth’s announcement today that $3.4 million in funding would be released as a result of the Pennsylvania Endowment Act, including $1.3 million to support Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Since 2012, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has advocated that a significant portion of the Endowment Act funding should be dedicated to expanding the availability of

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Testimony of Ed Marsico and David Freed Before the House Judiciary Committee Regarding Senate Bill 859

Testimony of Ed Marsico, Dauphin County District Attorney Legislative Chair, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association David Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney President, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute Before the House Judiciary Committee Regarding Senate Bill 859, December 7, 2015, Harrisburg, PA Good morning Chairman Marsico, Chairman Petrarca, and members of the Judiciary Committee.  My name is Ed Marsico, and I am the District Attorney of Dauphin County and Chair of the Legislative

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Civil Forfeiture Changes Will Create Drug Dealer’s Bill of Rights

S.B. 869 Will Help Drug Dealers and Hurt Our Communities HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania’s district attorneys today warned that proposed changes to the Commonwealth’s civil forfeiture system would have grave consequences that will help drug dealers and hurt communities. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association President and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said that the changes outlined

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Testimony of the Honorable Jack Whelan, District Attorney, Delaware County, Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding Senate Bill 851

Good Morning Chairmen Greenleaf and Leach and members of the Judiciary Committee. My name is Jack Whelan, and I am the District Attorney of Delaware County. I am joined today by assistant district attorneys who specialize in human trafficking cases and will speak about their work and perspectives on improving our laws. On behalf of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association,

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Lycoming County District Attorney Elected to PDAA Executive Committee

Harrisburg, PA –The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced today that Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt was elected to its executive committee. His nomination was approved unanimously during the PDAA executive committee’s summer meeting.  Since 2010, Linhardt has served on the Board of Directors of the association’s education and training arm, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute. “The Pennsylvania District Attorneys

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Cumberland County District Attorney Elected PDAI President: New officers and new member of the Board of Directors elected to lead PA law enforcement education and training

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed has been elected president to lead the organization during the 2015- 2016 business year. The new officers are: President: Hon. David J. Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney Vice President: D. Peter Johnson, Union County District Attorney Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District

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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 2015-2016 business year. The election took place during the association’s annual business meeting. The new officers are: President:  Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney Vice President:  Hon. David Arnold, Lebanon County District Attorney Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Seth Williams, Philadelphia County District Attorney “As a prosecutor for over

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PDAA Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee on Capital Punishment & Gov. Wolf’s Illegal Death Penalty Moratorium

Harrisburg, PA -- Today, on behalf of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA), Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, and Philadelphia Deputy District Attorney Ron Eisenberg testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding capital punishment and Governor Tom Wolf’s illegal death penalty moratorium. In their testimony, Mr. Marsico, Stedman and Eisenberg explained how our current

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