The U.S. Supreme Court is currently examining a challenge against sentencing juvenile offenders to life sentences without the possibility of parole. The court's decision would have a major impact on the sentencing guidelines imposed on Pennsylvania's judges. Our state has sentenced more than 440 juvenile delinquents to life in jail; more than any other state.
A boy was found delinquent in the killing of a 26-year old woman and her unborn child. In juvenile court, finding a minor delinquent is the same as a guilty verdict. The boy, now 14 years old, was 11 when he shot them with a shotgun. The judge conducted the trial behind closed doors, allowing only close family members into the courtroom because of the young age of the accused when he committed the crime.
It was a regular Tuesday night for a Pennsylvania state trooper until he knocked on the door of a 40-year-old Altoona woman. He was following up on a report of a driver swerving erratically on Interstate 99. The call came from a motorist who followed the woman's car home and informed the authorities.
A 30-year-old Upper Merion man arrested in October 2010 was declared guilty on seven counts of drug trafficking by a Montgomery County judge on Monday. The man was one of seven arrested after a sting operation conducted by the District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team and Drug Task Force. The man agreed to a bench trial for his felony drug charges and gave up his right to a jury trial slated for April 23.
The CEO of a Pittsburgh-based national insurance company has been fired for cause by the company's board of directors in the wake of criminal charges. Initially put on unpaid leave, the company board decided to terminate his employment altogether. It is not clear whether or not the former executive will receive a severance package.