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January 2018 Archives

Study links pretrial detention with higher conviction rates

Individuals facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania and around the country who are unable to afford bail are far more likely to be found guilty, according to a team of researchers from Harvard, Stanford and Princeton universities. After studying administrative court and tax data, the researchers found that criminal defendants who are granted pretrial release are 14 percent less likely to get convicted and 10.8 percent less likely to enter into negotiated plea arrangements.

3 common types of corporate fraud

Business owners must take risks and work hard to bring their companies to success, but sometimes the motivation for success goes too far. If the desire for success at any cost consumes a business owner, he or she may partake in an illegal activity to achieve that goal. 

Scientists have recommended lower legal limit for DUI

Pennsylvania motorists might be seeing stricter drunk driving laws in the future if lawmakers follow recommendations from scientists. Every state has a legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent, but a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends that the limit be lowered to .05 percent. The report makes several other recommendations towards the goal of lowering drunk driving fatalities. They include increasing taxes on alcohol, cutting hours that alcohol is available for purchase, cracking down on sales to minors and limiting alcohol advertising.

TV star Bam Margera charged with DUI

Pennsylvania fans of "Jackass" may be interested to learn that Bam Margera was taken into custody and charged with DUI on Jan. 7. Authorities with the California Highway Patrol said that officers were conducting another traffic stop when the TV star drove by slowly while on his cellphone.

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