‘Revenge Porn’: What You Must Know Before Clicking ‘Send’

One in 25 Americans has had nude or nearly nude photos or videos posted online without their consent or has been threatened with posting, according to a Dec. 13 report by the Data & Society Research Institute and Center for Innovative Public Health Research. That’s commonly known as “revenge porn,” and in Pennsylvania there are…


Bill Cosby and the ‘She Said-They Said’ Conundrum

Sex offense cases often turn on “he said-she said.” But what happens when “she said” becomes “they said”? All eyes are on Bill Cosby’s case in the Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, for the answer to that question. As a brief recap: In late 2014, allegations by multiple women accusing Cosby of sexual…


PA Supreme Court: Sexual Offenders Entitled to Benefit of Sentencing ‘Bargain’ Struck During Plea Agreement

Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which went into effect on Dec. 20, 2012, classifies the state’s sexual crimes into three tiers: Tier 1 requires a 15-year registration period, Tier 2 mandates a 25-year registration period, and Tier III obligates lifetime registration. Prior to the law’s taking effect, many convicted sexual offenders had struck…


A Shout Out to Immigrant Veterans: Thank You for Your Service

Diversity strengthens our nation ―and the U.S. armed forces are no exception. Having recently honored all the men and women on Veterans Day who valiantly served our country, keeping us safe and protecting our American ideals, I now wish to give a special shout out to the 511,000 foreign-born U.S. veterans who presently reside in…