Peacock Tales • Fall 2016

Case Notes

  • The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that a Facebook reference to an unnamed ex-girlfriend violated a Protection From Abuse Order entered against the prior boyfriend.
  • In Texas and several other states, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor but destroying evidence is a felony. People who try to dispose of marijuana to avoid being arrested may actually be committing a more serious offense by attempting to get rid of it rather than being caught in possession of it.
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently affirmed the conviction of a parent for having a pocket knife in his possession at an elementary school.
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that the Franklin Institute violated the American with Disabilities Act when it charged a severely disabled man’s caregiver admission to the museum in addition to the admission charged to the disabled man. The Court determined that the caregiver’s assistance was necessary to help the disabled man ambulate through the museum.
  • The Federal Gun Control Act prohibits persons convicted of state or federal offenses that are punishable by a term of over two years from possessing firearms. According to the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas, the actual length of the sentence imposed does not matter so long   as it could have been punishable by over two years.
  • The Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas held that a Trust for the benefit of horses was not subject to Pennsylvania inheritance taxes​.


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