In The Press

At The McShane Firm, we know that potential clients like to see cases handled by our firm, so we’ve compiled a collection of articles detailing some of the more high-profile cases handled by The McShane Firm, LLC, Law Offices. For more information about our firm and how you can fight DUI cases and more, contact us.

New sentencing standards coming for DUI offenders

July 28, 2017

FOX43
HARRISBURG, Pa. – New sentencing standards for those convicted of driving under the influence are set to take effect next month.

Under Act 33, signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in 2016, first-time DUI offenders who blow a .10 or greater in a sobriety test will be required to install an ignition interlock in their vehicle instead of having their license suspended for one year. The law also allows repeat offenders, whose licenses are automatically suspended for one year, to apply for an ignition interlock halfway through the suspension.

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Trial ahead for fired cop accused of having child porn

May 30, 2017

YORK DISPATCH
A former West Manchester Township police officer is now facing trial, accused of possessing child pornography.

Chad Richard Howell was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing Monday but instead waived his right to the proceeding.

Spring Grove-area District Judge Tom Reilly — sitting in for West Manchester Township-area District Judge Keith Albright — set formal court arraignment for June 2.

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Possible trial looms for teens charged as adults in Dieruff melee

December 15, 2016

lehighvalleylive
Three Dieruff High School students now face trial on charges in connection with an after-school melee involving 20 students that left two teens hospitalized.

Twelve arrests were made and four of the teens have been charged as adults — one 17-year-old and three 18-year-olds.

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Sanutti-Spencer seeks new trial in ex-husband’s murder

July 04, 2016

Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG — Maria Sanutti-Spencer gave nearly 50 reasons in her appeal summary filed Thursday in Columbia County Court on why she should be granted a new trial after a jury found the former lawyer and soccer mom guilty in November of killing her ex-husband in July 2012.

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Beneficiary of Rafferty’s Proposal will be Ignition Interlock Providers

May 06, 2016

Pennlive
Leading Harrisburg-area DUI defense attorney Justin McShane think so.
He believes the main beneficiary of Rafferty’s proposal will be ignition interlock providers, who will dramatically increase business while “this won’t stop near as many DUI deaths as people imagine.”

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sanutti-Spencer seeks new, ‘fair’ murder trial

Feb 22, 2016

Daily Item
MUNCY — Maria Sanutti-Spencer has filed a notice of intent to file an appeal after a Columbia County jury convicted the 50-year-old Selinsgrove woman to life in prison on charges that include murdering her ex-husband and attempting to burn down a Danville residence. Sanutti said, “I am now hoping to get a new trial and with the help of my new attorney I will be able to get the truth out.”

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Exclusive Interview: Maria Sanutti-Spencer seeks ‘fair trial’

Feb 21, 2016

DailyItem

MUNCY — Maria Sanutti-Spencer spends up to 16 hours a day in her cell at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy following her November murder conviction, biding her time with hopes she will be granted a new trial. Sanutti-Spencer was convicted of gunning down her ex-husband, Frank Spencer, 46, of Millville, in July 2012. She was found guilty by a Columbia County jury and sentenced to life in prison.

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Maria Sanutti-Spencer in exclusive prison interview: Only one person to blame in shooting death of ex-husband: Diabolical dad

Feb 21, 2016

DailyItem

MUNCY — Five years ago, Maria Sanutti-Spencer held the title of attorney, soccer coach and volunteer. Now, the mother of two, convicted in November of murdering her ex-husband, Frank Spencer, 46, of Millville, on July 1, 2012, says she cannot accept life in prison just because she is the daughter of a self-proclaimed mafia hitman.

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Education on laws, safety go hand-in-hand

Jan 18, 2016

Central Penn Business Journal – Alan Bernardi doesn’t need to watch any TV or read any newspapers to know that gun ownership is on the rise in the midstate. Vice president of the Harrisburg Hunters’ and Anglers’ Association, Bernardi sees that interest reflected in growing club membership, and in new faces signing up for the association’s gun safety and training courses.

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Grine Attempts to Remove Harrisburg Firm From Lawsuit

June 19, 2015

StateCollege.Com – A Harrisburg law firm is firing back at a Centre County judge who is trying to remove it from a civil lawsuit. Judge Jonathan Grine filed a lawsuit against the county government, the McShane Firm, and lawyer Theodore Tanski after the county turned over his phone records to the firm.

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Analysis: Pa. DUI laws among most lenient in US

June 16, 2015

ABC27 – HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A new analysis ranks Pennsylvania among the states most lenient on drunk drivers. WalletHub compared DUI laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and looked at 15 key factors to evaluate which are strictest. Pennsylvania ranked 49th out of 51. Key factors included minimum jail time for a first offense, minimum jail time for a second offense, when drunk driving is an automatic felony, and the state’s administrative license suspension law.

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Lawyer says video shows TSA workers violating security protocols at HIA

June 03, 2015

PennLive – Harrisburg-area attorney Justin McShane wasn’t at all surprised that the federal Transportation Security Administration posted failing marks in recent tests of security screenings at the nation’s airports. His own travels through U.S. airports have left him starkly critical of the TSA’s competence. And that’s not just his opinion.

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Attorney: TSA agent at HIA running equipment without training

June 02, 2015

ABC27 – Harrisburg attorney Justin McShane has video he says proves a TSA agent at Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown was running equipment she was not trained to use. McShane recorded the video while going through TSA screening at the airport last year when his laptop was flagged and he was forced to go through an invasive pat down.

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Harrisburg loses appeal to stay lawsuit challenging city’s gun laws

May 06, 2015

Fox43 – HARRISBURG, Pa. – A legal setback for Harrisburg in its legal shootout with US Law Shield over the city’s ordinances regulating firearms.  US Law Shield of Pennsylvania through The McShane Firm, LLC sued Harrisburg City, the mayor, city council members and the police chief in January over what it called the city’s illegal gun ordinances.  (US Law Shield of PA ex rel Todd Hoover and John Bruno v the City of Harrisburg, et. al.).

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Centre County to Appeal Injunctions on Records Requests

May 26, 2015

ThelegalIntelligencer.Com – A question of Right-to-Know Law procedure in Centre County is likely bound for the appellate courts, putting on hold several cases related to alleged improper contact between members of the judicial branch and the district attorney’s office.

In three similar orders, a Huntingdon County senior judge has issued a preliminary injunction precluding the Centre County government from responding to judicial records requests relating to three plaintiffs—two judges and a district attorney—who have sued over the release of phone records.

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Parks Miller enters more filings ahead of hearing

May 12, 2015

Center Daily Times – More filings were entered by Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller in her lawsuit against Centre County on Tuesday morning, the day before a hearing is scheduled in the matter in Bellefonte.

One of the documents, a memorandum of law in support of Parks Miller’s position in her lawsuit, points to an order handed down last week by Huntingdon County Senior Judge Stewart L. Kurtz — who will also preside Wednesday over the hearing at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex — in a similar lawsuit filed against the county by Court of Common Pleas Judge Jonathan D. Grine.

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Family of drunk driving victim speaks

April 29, 2015

Local21News

LANCASTER, Pa. — A strict sentence was handed down to a man responsible for killing a teen in a drunk driving accident. Another family grieves the loss of a loved one to a drunk driver. “We lost an irreplaceable member of our family due to a tragic crime that could have been avoided,” said Samantha Demko, sister of Meredith Demko who was killed last summer.

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Hearing Scheduled As Defense Attorneys & Parks Miller Continue Fighting in Court Filings

April 27, 2015

StateCollege

Continuing a trend of conflict in the county court system, a local law firm is taking aim at Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s lawsuit against the county. Attorneys Sean McGraw and Andrew Shubin, who are co-defendants alongside Centre County, call the DA’s lawsuit an attempt “to restrain public criticism of [Parks Miller’s] conduct in office” in new court documents filed Friday.

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Gun ordinances in the crosshairs

April 27, 2015

Fox43

Gun rights groups are suing cities across Pennsylvania, challenging their gun ordinances. One of those lawsuits is playing out in Harrisburg, where the group U.S. Law Shield and Dauphin County attorney Justin McShane are trying to get five of the city’s ordinances regulating the use of guns thrown out.

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Harrisburg Law Firm Asks Court for Permission to Release Judge’s Phone Records

April 22, 2015

StateCollege

Centre County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Grine’s lawsuit against the county and a Harrisburg law firm continues to heat up as the parties do battle through dueling court documents. The latest attack comes from attorney Theodore Tanski and the McShane Law Firm, who accuse Grine of attempting to suppress their right to free speech.

They want the Centre County Court of Common Pleas to lift a court order that prevents the McShane firm from releasing phone records that detail Grine’s phone calls and texts with members of the district attorney’s office between September and November of 2014.

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Centre County Goes on the Attack, Accuses Judges of ‘Destroying Appearance of Fairness’

April 15, 2015

StateCollege

The Centre County government may be the defendant in the lawsuits brought by two judges, but the county has gone on the offensive.

In new court documents filed Wednesday, Centre County’s attorney Mary Lou Maierhofer has some strong words for Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Grine and Magisterial District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker. She accuses the two judges of eroding the public’s faith in the Centre County courts by having personal relationships with prosecutors and filing lawsuits against the county.

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Centre County Asks Court to Dismiss DA’s Lawsuit

April 15, 2015

StateCollege

Centre County wants District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s lawsuit thrown out of court. Parks Miller filed suit against the county and the Shubin Law Firm last month, alleging the county broke the law and violated her privacy by releasing some of her cell phone records to the Shubin firm in response to Right to Know requests. Attorneys for the Shubin firm, among others, have unsuccessfully tried to use those records to have Parks Miller removed from certain criminal cases.

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Centre County Courts ‘in Turmoil’

April 14, 2015

TheLegalIntelligencer – In Centre County, a spate of lawsuits involving jurists, attorneys and county officials has created a contentious atmosphere, after several controversial open records requests opened a can of worms.On one side, several defense attorneys are pointing to cellphone records that they claim show a very close relationship between judges and the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

On the other side, a common pleas judge, a magisterial district judge and District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller are suing the county for releasing their cellphone records, as well as the defense attorneys who requested the documents.

 

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Former Centre County assistant district attorney Karen Arnold calls for legal scrutiny of Bruce Castor appointment

April 14, 2015

CentreDaily

A former Centre County assistant district attorney urged county commissioners Tuesday to dig into the legality of Bruce Castor Jr.’s appointment as special district attorney. Castor has represented District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller since forgery allegations against the district attorney went public in January. Parks Miller appointed him to the special district attorney position Friday.

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Pair of Centre County judges seeks to destroy cellphone evidence

April 13, 2015

TribLive

Two Centre County judges whose cellphone records showed they exchanged text messages with prosecutors trying cases before them want the evidence destroyed, claiming it will ruin their public images. Meanwhile, the lawyers who obtained the cellphone records say they received the information properly and plan to use it to show “a grave appearance of bias” and attempt to have their clients’ convictions overturned.

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Police discuss camera technology effects on Midstate

April 08, 2015

The Sentinel

Thanks to cellphones and technology improvements, recording video is easier than ever — and local police say it’s having a big impact on how they do their jobs. “I’m certainly not suggesting that we all be our brothers keepers and shove cellphones in everyone’s face in the middle of the day,” attorney Justin McShane said. “But I will tell you that in my car downstairs, I have a dash camera.”

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Police discuss camera technology effects on Midstate

April 8, 2015

ABC27News

Thanks to cell phones and technology improvements, recording video is easier than ever – and local police say it’s having a big impact on how they do their jobs. “I’m certainly not suggesting that we all be our brothers keepers and shove cell phones in everyone’s face in the middle of the day,” attorney Justin McShane said. “But I will tell you that in my car downstairs, I have a dash camera.”

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Attorney Asks to Be Dismissed from Judge’s Lawsuit Against Centre County

April 7, 2015

StateCollege.com

The various parties involved in the mess of interlocking lawsuits against the Centre County government continue to trade blows in new court filings. In the latest round of this ongoing legal brawl, a Harrisburg attorney is firing back at Centre County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Grine – claiming that he and his law firm shouldn’t even be party to the lawsuit in the first place.

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Attorney Asks to Be Removed from Judge’s Lawsuit Against Centre County

April 07, 2015

StateCollege.Com – The various parties involved in the mess of interlocking lawsuits against the Centre County government continue to trade blows in new court filings.

In the latest round of this ongoing legal brawl, a Harrisburg attorney is firing back at Centre County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Grine – claiming that he and his law firm shouldn’t even be party to the lawsuit in the first place.

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Stage is Set for Courtroom Showdown With Centre County Officials Fighting Each Other

April 02, 2015

StateCollege.Com – The Centre County government and judicial systems have been plagued by conflict for months, but a court hearing on Thursday morning will be the first face-to-face confrontation to come out of the various legal battles that are pitting county officials against each other. Thursday’s hearing will deal with two separate but interrelated lawsuits filed by two judges against the Centre County government.

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Records from Right-to-Know requests are at issue in Centre County judicial lawsuits

April 2, 2015

— The Thursday hearing on lawsuits filed by two judges against Centre County essentially boiled down to two questions: whether phone records of county judges are in fact financial records and whether the county legally released those records in response to Right-to-Know requests.

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Judge Hears Right to Know Case Arguments

April 2, 2015

WeAreCentralPA – BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY – It’s the first time some Centre County judges, the county administrator, the district attorney and other elected officials are squaring off in court.A hearing on lawsuits filed by Magisterial District Judge Kelly Gillette Walker and Court of Common Pleas Judge Johnathan Grine was held Thursday in Centre County Court.

The two judges are arguing that the county and some local attorneys violated the state’s Right to Know law by releasing their personal cell phone records in response to Right to Know requests.

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Harrisburg asks higher court to review judge’s ruling that struck down three of its gun ordinances

Mar 31, 2015

PennLive – HARRISBURG — Harrisburg officials have appealed a Dauphin County judge’s ruling that temporarily struck down three of the city’s gun ordinances. City officials want Commonwealth Court to review last month’s ruling by Judge Andrew H. Dowling that concluded three of the city’s five gun ordinances were illegal under Pennsylvania law.

Dowling’s ruling stemmed from a request for a preliminary injunction by attorney Justin McShane, who is suing the city on behalf of gun rights group U.S. Law Shield. The injunction establishes how the ordinances should be viewed as the case plays out in court.

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Mike Giaramita: Harrisburg, PA Ordered to Stop Enforcing Local Gun Control Ordinances

Feb 26, 2015

NRANews – Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling has ordered Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to stop enforcing three local gun control ordinances that violate Pennsylvania’s newly-strengthened Firearms Preemption Law.

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Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

Feb 26, 2015

Post Gazette – HARRISBURG — A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania’s capital city cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances. Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit brought against Harrisburg under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

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Judge tosses three Harrisburg gun ordinances

Feb 26, 2015

LocalNews21 – HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Dauphin County judge struck down three Harrisburg City ordinances Wednesday that limit when and where people in Harrisburg could carry weapons. This decision came as other lawsuits over gun laws move through the state courts.

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Judge blocks Harrisburg gun laws as three cities take aim at new Pa. law

Feb 26, 2015

NewWorks – A judge has temporarily loosened some of Harrisburg’s gun laws following a lawsuit brought by a gun rights organization. A similar legal clash is occurring in Philadelphia’s courts, and advocates for more gun protections say there may be a hopeful sign in the judge’s ruling.

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Harrisburg mayor considers statute in gun lawsuit a ‘split opinion’

Feb 26, 2015

WashingtonObserver – HARRISBURG – Harrisburg city officials are weighing their options after a decider struck down 3 of their gun ordinances as bootleg underneath a state’s Uniform Firearms Act. Mayor Eric Papenfuse pronounced they have not motionless possibly to interest the statute of Dauphin County Andrew H. Dowling, who released a rough claim Wednesday preventing a city from enforcing gun ordinances that dissuade a carrying of guns: in city parks, during state emergencies and by unparalleled minors.

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Pennsylvania capital warned of steep legal fees for gun law defense

Feb 26, 2015

Reuters – A gun rights lawyer pressed Harrisburg’s mayor on Thursday to drop his defense of local firearm ordinances, saying Pennsylvania’s capital could be on the hook for hefty legal fees in a lawsuit enabled by a new Republican-backed state law.

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Harrisburg may appeal gun law ruling

Feb 26, 2015

WGALNews8 – A dauphin county yesterday issued an injunction temporarily halting city ordinances that prohibit guns in city parks or during a state of emergency, and possession of guns by unaccompanied minors.

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Judge Suspends City Gun Laws

Feb 26, 2015

TheBurgNews – A Dauphin County judge has ordered Harrisburg to stop enforcing three of its gun-control ordinances, while leaving two others in force. Judge Andrew H. Dowling, in a 12-page opinion Wednesday morning, found that the three ordinances—prohibiting gun possession in a park, by a minor and in a mayor-declared state of emergency—violate the state’s Uniform Firearms Act, which preempts certain local government ordinances regulating firearms.

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Judge strikes down three gun restrictions in Harrisburg

Feb 26, 2015

WITF News – A Dauphin County judge has issued a preliminary ruling that three of Harrisburg’s restrictions on guns are unlawful, in the first major court decision since a state law went into effect earlier this year.

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Judge blocks Harrisburg from enforcing 3 gun laws

Feb 25, 2015

CumberLink – HARRISBURG — A Dauphin County judge has granted a preliminary injunction to stop the City of Harrisburg from enforcing three of its local gun laws. Judge Andrew Dowling ruled the ordinances violate Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act, which prohibits municipalities from regulating gun ownership and possession.

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Attorney claims victory in gun lawsuit against Harrisburg; says his legal fees are nearing $100,000

Feb 25, 2015
PennLive – HARRISBURG – Justin McShane, the attorney representing a gun rights group suing Harrisburg over its gun ordinances, proclaimed victory Wednesday after a judge struck down three of the ordinances in question. The preliminary injunction by Judge Andrew H. Dowling “clearly sets the tone and says the government must follow the law,” McShane said at an afternoon news conference.
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Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances, but declines to stop 2 others

Feb 25, 2015

GreenFieldReporter – HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania’s capital city cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances. Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit brought against Harrisburg under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

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Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

Feb 25, 2015

DailyItem – HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania’s capital city cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances. Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit brought against Harrisburg under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

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Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

Feb 25, 2015

WashingtonTimes – A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania’s capital city cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances. Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit brought against Harrisburg under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

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Pro-gun group wins injunction against Pennsylvania city’s gun control laws

Feb 25, 2015

Guns.com – The latest effects of a new Pennsylvania statute that prohibits cities from passing gun control measures that preempt state law saw three of Harrisburg’s local ordinances struck down Wednesday. A Dauphin County judge granted a preliminary injunction halting the ordinances which prohibited gun owners from carrying their firearms in parks or anywhere in the city during a state of emergency, The Patriot-News reported. A third ordinance prohibited unaccompanied minors from carrying a firearm.

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Judge grants halt on three of Harrisburg’s five gun ordinances

Feb 25, 2015

WGAL – Judge Andrew Dowling struck down three of Harrisburg city’s five gun ordinances, granting a temporary halt to city ordinances that prohibit the possession of guns in city parks and during a state of emergency and the possession of guns by unaccompanied minors. The preliminary injunction granted Wednesday is in response to a lawsuit filed against the city by the gun rights group, U.S. Law Shield.

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Harrisburg mayor considers ruling in gun lawsuit a ‘split opinion’

Feb 25, 2015

PennLive – Harrisburg city officials are weighing their options after a judge struck down three of their gun ordinances as illegal under the state’s Uniform Firearms Act. Although McShane claimed victory with Wednesday’s ruling, Papenfuse considered it a “split opinion,” with positive aspects for the city.

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Judge blocks 3 of Harrisburg’s gun laws; mayor calls it “incomprehensible”

Feb 25, 2015

Fox43 – A Dauphin County judge blocked the city of Harrisburg from enforcing some of its gun laws Wednesday. The city is in the midst of a legal battle with the gun owners’ group, U.S. Law Shield. U.S. Law Shield is suing the city because the group says its gun laws illegal, based on the state’s Uniform Firearms Act

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Judge grants injunction against Harrisburg gun ordinances

Feb 25, 2015

Fox43 – Judge Andrew Dowling issued a preliminary injunction against three of the five gun ordinances at the center of a lawsuit brought by gun-rights group U.S. Law Shield. The lawsuit argues that they city’s gun ordinances are illegal because they are more stringent than state law.

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Judge blocks Harrisburg from enforcing 3 gun laws

Feb 25, 2015

ABC27News – A Dauphin County judge has granted a preliminary injunction to stop the City of Harrisburg from enforcing three of its local gun laws. Judge Andrew Dowling ruled the ordinances violate Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act, which prohibits municipalities from regulating gun ownership and possession.

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Dauphin County judge strikes down three of Harrisburg’s gun ordinances

Feb 25, 2015

PennLive – A Dauphin County Judge on Wednesday struck down three of Harrisburg’s five gun ordinances, concluding they are illegal under Pennsylvania law. Dowling’s ruling stems from a lawsuit filed against Harrisburg by attorney Justin McShane, who represents a gun rights group known as U.S. Law Shield.

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Hundreds Gather in VT. to Protest Gun-Control Bill

Feb 13, 2015

NRA News – Attorney Mike Giaramita is member of The McShane Firm. He talks about the lawsuit that the firm has filed against Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The city has not changed its local gun ordinances that are in violation of the state’s newly invigorated firearms preemption law. He notes that state preemption has been on the books since the 1970s, but cities and towns in the state have largely ignored it, until now. Originally aired on NRA News Cam & Co 02/11/15.

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When it comes to guns, it’s time for Papenfuse and City Council to follow the law: Justin J. McShane

Feb 12, 2015

PennLive – Since 1974, our legislature has wisely made it illegal for municipalities to regulate in any manner the ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components. Last week, before Judge Andrew H. Dowling of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse and several members of City Council in an attempt to justify their continuous breaking of the law.

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Outdoor Show opens in Harrisburg; Gun ordinances a focus for many

Feb 8, 2015

Fox43.com – In Harrisburg, the law bans gunfire anywhere in the city and weapons possession in city parks. Gun owners are also required to report lost or stolen weapons. “Our ordinances are to protect the citizens of the city, and that’s what we’re here doing,” said Chief Thomas Carter with the Harrisburg Police Department. But the groups claim the ordinances are unconstitutional. Many attending the Great American Outdoor Show agree.

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Local attorneys, Harrisburg set to face off in court over gun ordinances

Feb 6, 2015

ABC27News – HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Lawyers representing the national gun owners group U.S. Law Shield filed a lawsuit against Harrisburg because the city refused to repeal its gun laws. They said the ordinances are illegal under Pennsylvania law and gun owners are at risk of being prosecuted.have enacted their own gun laws.

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City of Harrisburg defends against attempt to suspend city’s gun laws

Feb 6, 2015

WGAL News 8 – HARRISBURG, Pa. — The city of Harrisburg will try to defend against an attempt to suspend the city’s gun laws. Attorneys for U.S. Law Shield were the first organization to file suit against Harrisburg and seek preliminary injunction to suspend Harrisburg’s gun laws.

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Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

Feb 6, 2015

WRVO Public Media – A new Pennsylvania law allows membership groups like the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over local gun ordinances. Kate Lao Shaffner reports the NRA has already filed suit against three Pennsylvania cities claiming their gun laws are illegal. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the city consulted legal experts before passing its 2008 lost or stolen gun ordinance – one of the laws the NRA is suing to overturn.

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Attorneys suing over Harrisburg gun laws offer ‘no legal fee’ deal

Feb 6, 2015

ABC27.com – Harrisburg is one of dozens of municipalities across the state that have been sued for their local gun ordnances. While some cities have decided to drop their local laws in order to avoid a legal battle, Harrisburg has remained in the fight.

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Attorneys offer deal regarding Harrisburg gun laws

Feb 6, 2015

Fox43.com – Mayor Eric Papenfuse says these laws are helping protect people in the city. But gun rights groups say they infringe on gun owners who aren’t doing anything wrong. The legal fight to determine who’s right. A judge will determine whether Harrisburg’s gun ordinances remain on the books while court proceedings move forward.

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Cities repealing overreaching gun laws across Pennsylvania

Feb 6, 2015

Guns.com – Last month, U.S. Law Shield, who announced a suit against Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg, taking aim at a series of local statutes mandating the reporting of lost and stolen firearms, possession of guns in city parks, discharge of weapons in the city limits, and the use of guns by minors. Second Amendment attorney Joshua Prince, on behalf of a coalition of several groups including Firearms Owners Against Crime, an early and vocal supporter of Act 192 during the legislative process, promised to take on the city of 50,000 as well.

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Judge weighing legal battle over Harrisburg’s gun laws

Feb 6, 2015.

PennLive.com – A Dauphin County judge will decide who will win and who will lose the first round in the much-publicized fight over Harrisburg’s gun laws. How Judge Andrew H. Dowling will rule has yet to be seen. What is certain is that the rhetoric surrounding the battle shows no signs of abating.

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Harrisburg responds to gun law challenge; court hearing Friday

Feb 6, 2015.

LancastorOnline – The city of Harrisburg has responded to a lawsuit challenging its gun ordinances. Attorneys for the city contend the gun rights group that’s suing over its ordinance can’t show that the ordinance restricts gun ownership. Meanwhile, The McShane Law Firm plans to argue at Friday’s hearing for a preliminary injunction, which would prevent Harrisburg from enforcing its gun ordinances while its lawsuit against the city is pending, PennLive reports.

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Harrisburg goes to court over gun ordinances

Feb 6, 2015.

Local21news.com – HARRISBURG, Pa.– Harrisburg officials are speaking out for the first time about a gun lawsuit in the Capitol City. Both sides went before a judge to plead their case today. The Dauphin County Courthouse is where city leaders and the lawyer for U.S. Law Shield met Friday morning for the first time. They presented their cases in court over the gun ordinance lawsuit filed last month. The judge made no ruling, but the debate heated up inside and outside the courtroom.

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Harrisburg goes to court over gun ordinances

Feb 6, 2015.

Fox43.com – The city of Harrisburg was in court today defending its gun laws. It’s one of the many cities in the state being sued by a gun rights group. The group, U.S. Law Shield is arguing that they city’s gun ordinances break state law and infringe on the rights of gun owners who aren’t doing anything wrong.

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Local attorneys, Harrisburg set to face off in court over gun ordinances

Feb 6, 2015.

ABCNEWS27.com – Some local attorneys in Harrisburg, Pa. are going to court Friday. In their crosshairs: Harrisburg’s firearms ordinances.

Lawyers representing the national gun owners group U.S. Law Shield filed a lawsuit against Harrisburg because the city refused to repeal its gun laws. They said the ordinances are illegal under Pennsylvania law and gun owners are at risk of being prosecuted.

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Fire Science Advances Free Man after 35 Years in Prison

Jan 27, 2015

Forensic Mag – A day after an East Shore man was freed from prison after serving nearly 36 years for a fatal fire in Susquehanna Township, the attorneys who helped secure James Hugney’s release heralded it as a triumph for justice.

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This week in innocence: Joseph Sledge and James Hugney Sr.

Jan 26, 2015

The Washington Post – James Hugney Sr. spent more than 35 years in prison due to junk science testimony about arson. According to a release from The McShane Firm, James Hugney, Sr. was released from prison Friday after spending 35 years, 11 months and eight days in prison.

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Free after 35 years

Jan 26, 2015

Local 21 News – HARRISBURG– A Susquehanna Township man was released from prison tonight after it was shown that bad science was used to put him behind bars 35 years ago.  James Hugney Sr. was convicted in 1979 of setting his home on fire, a fire that cost his 16-year-old son’s life.

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Free After 35 Years in Jail

Jan 25, 2015

We Are Central PA – DAUPHIN COUNTY – A Dauphin County man is free after spending 35 years in jail. James Hugney Sr. was convicted of setting his own home on fire. His son died in that fire. Recent scientific tests that weren’t around when Hugney was convicted showed some doubt on whether the fire was arson, so after more than three decades behind bars Hugney was released Saturday night.

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Attorney for man freed after nearly 36 years in prison thankful ‘criminal justice system worked’

Jan 24, 2015

PennLive.com – A day after an East Shore man was freed from prison after serving nearly 36 years for a fatal fire in Susquehanna Township, the attorneys who helped secure James Hugney’s release heralded it as a triumph for justice.

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Man released from prison in ’79 murder, arson case

Jan 24, 2015

ABC27 News – HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A central Pennsylvania man who spent nearly 36 years in prison for the murder of his 16-year-old son has been released from prison. James Hugney Sr., 72, walked out of the State Correctional Institution at Rockview on Friday after he entered an Alford plea to third-degree murder and arson and was re-sentenced to time served.

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Attorney explains how science led to man’s release from prison

Jan 24, 2015

ABC27 News – James Hugney, 72, was released from the State Correctional Institution at Rockville after nearly 36 years behind bars for a crime he says he did not commit. The next morning, at his attorney’s office in Harrisburg, he talked about his first night as a free man.

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Man freed after 35 years in prison for crime he did not commit

Jan 23, 2015

Fox43 – BELLFONTE, PA (WPMT) In July 1979, James Hugney Sr. was convicted after a jury trial in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County of a notorious arson-murder then called by the media “the Burning Bed Case.” Today, after 35 years 11 months and 8 days of imprisonment, he is a free man.

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Man convicted in 1978 arson and murder released from jail

Jan 23, 2015

Local 21 News – HARRISBURG, Pa. — A man who spent nearly 36 years in prison has been released after having the science that put him behind bars in the murder of his son in a 1978 Dauphin County arson case debunked.

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Deal frees East Shore man from life prison sentence for fatal 1978 fire

Jan 23, 2015

PennLive – An East Shore man who served 37 years behind bars for a fatal 1978 fire in Susquehanna Township was freed from state prison Friday after striking a plea deal with Dauphin County prosecutors.

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New developments in arson science helps free man

Jan 23, 2015

SmithForensic – An East Shore man who served 37 years behind bars for a fatal 1978 fire in Susquehanna Township was freed from state prison Friday after striking a plea deal with Dauphin County prosecutors. James Hugney Sr., now 72, was convicted of second-degree murder and arson and sentenced to life in prison for the fire death of his 16-year-old son.

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Attorney: New evidence frees man in Dauphin County ’79 murder, arson case

Jan 23, 2015

CumberLink – HARRISBURG — A man who spent nearly 36 years in prison for the murder of his 16-year-old son has been freed from prison, according to his attorney, who said the evidence used to convict him relied on outdated science.

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Man Freed From Prison in 1979 Murder, Arson Case

Jan 26, 2015

ExploreVenango – In July 1979, James Hugney Sr. was convicted after a jury trial in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County of a notorious arson-murder then called by the media “the Burning Bed Case.” The case was called the “Burning Bed” because the prosecution’s theory of the case was that Hugney in a fit of anger set his house on fire by pouring flammable liquid around the bed of his then 16-year old son.

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Innocence proven after more than 30 years in prison

Jan 26, 2015

SOL – Mr. James Hugney spent more than 35 years in prison after being found guilty of a fire in his own house in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, which caused the death of his own son, then about 16 years. The researchers said at the time that Hugney had put alcohol around the bed of his son and that he had fired the same. Just based on the observation of the site, officials said it was a criminal act. Hugney said to the end that he was innocent.

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Man Freed from Prison in 1979 Murder, Arson Case

Jan 26, 2015

Explore Clarion – In July 1979, James Hugney, Sr. was convicted after a jury trial in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, of a notorious arson-murder then called by the media “the Burning Bed Case.” The case was called the “Burning Bed” because the prosecution’s theory of the case was that Hugney, in a fit of anger, set his house on fire by pouring flammable liquid around the bed of his then 16-year old son. Five days after the fire, his son died.

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Justices Rule Forfeiture Cases Should Follow Civil Rules

December 2, 2014
The Legal Intelligencer – Pennsylvania’s highest court has filled in the blanks on how to approach issues in forfeiture cases that are not addressed by the Controlled Substances Forfeiture Act.

In a unanimous opinion issued Nov. 19 in /Commonwealth v. All That Certain Lot/, the state Supreme Court said the entry of summary judgment pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure did not conflict with the Forfeiture Act.

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Hard questions after litany of forensic failures at US labs

December 1, 2014
Royal Society of Chemistry – At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence used in criminal cases, and have resulted in hundreds convictions being overturned. And this malpractice had led critics to ask a bigger question. Is something rotten at the heart of US forensic science?
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Jury finds Jacobus man not guilty of most serious charges in alleged assault

September 27, 2014

Maryland resident tells York jury he beat her when she tried to leave

www.ydr.com – A Jacobus man was found not guilty of the most serious charges he faced, including aggravated assault, a felony, in connection with an alleged assault on a Maryland woman he met through Match.com.
Bruce Kevin Davies, 47, of the first block of Greenbriar Drive, was found guilty of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Both of those charges are misdemeanors.

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Closing arguments made in case of wife of child molester

December 04, 2013

www.pennlive.com:CARLISLE — A Cumberland County jury went into deliberations Wednesday, the third day of trial for Mildred M. Brown, 72, of Newville.

Brown faces four counts of recklessly endangering another person. The prosecution argued that she knew her husband, Robert Brown, also 72, repeatedly molested four children at their house, and she failed to stop the abuse or report it.

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Wife of convicted Newville child molester testifies

December 03, 2013

www.pennlive.com:CARLISLE — Mildred Brown told a Cumberland County jury that she had no idea her husband molested children for several years in her home.

While some of the signs are obvious after the fact, Brown testified Tuesday that she was naïve to this while it was going on.

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Trial begins for 72-year-old Newville woman accused of not preventing repeated

sexual abuse

December 02, 2013

www.pennlive.com: CARLISLE — The prosecution said Mildred Brown knew about the sexual assaults her husband was committing in their house, but she did nothing to stop the situation or report it to the authorities.

But her attorney argued before a Cumberland County jury Monday that Brown was unaware of the abuse, and the prosecution will be unable to prove that she had any knowledge of it.

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Eichenlaub asks judge to throw out conviction

Ex-APD officer says he didn’t intend to harm Eshel

June 13, 2013
www.altoonamirror.com  The defense said that former Altoona police officer Duane “D.J.” Eichenlaub, 30, did not act with intent to harm an older man during a 2010 bar brawl and has asked a Blair County judge to toss out his conviction for aggravated assault.

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Former Dillsburg-area golf club manager now in prison for embezzing $52K

April 29, 2013
www.ydr.com – A former Dillsburg-area golf course manager must spend nearly a year in county prison and pay restitution for embezzling more than $50,000 his former employer, ostensibly to pay his daughter’s heroin dealer.

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County DUI cases on hold

April 18, 2013
http://citizensvoice.com – Scores of drunken driving cases in Luzerne County are in limbo as prosecutors await a state court ruling about the admissibility of Breathalyzer results.

With the alcohol testing method being questioned, the county’s central processing center to administer official breath tests has been shuttered and police can now only take suspects for blood-alcohol testing.

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Attorney: DUI blood testing inaccurate for months

April 13, 2013
www.abc27.com – Harrisburg attorney Justin McShane has long questioned the accuracy of DUI breath testing in Pennsylvania, and now he says the blood testing system used by state police in Harrisburg was not accurate for several months.

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Charges Dropped Against Harrisburg Man Accused of Assaulting City Cop

March 20, 2013
www.pennlive.com – After DNA testing and repeated claims of innocence, charges have been dropped against a Harrisburg man who was accused of assaulting a city police officer.

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Repeat drunken driver guilty of murder for Hellam Twp. crash that killed motorcyclist

March 12, 2013
www.yorkdispatch.com – A Red Lion-area man with four DUIs under his belt has been convicted a fifth time — this time for drunken driving and murder.

Travis Wagner Fowler was drunk when he fatally struck motorcyclist Nelson E. Newcomer, 56, of Millersville, Lancaster County.

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Justin McShane Interviewed at WLBR 1270 AM 

February 13, 2013
Justin McShane Interviewed  at  WLBR 1270 AM about Lebanon County blood testing issue and the reactions of listeners.

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Judges in Lebanon County Rule Blood Tests There to be Inadmissible

February 8, 2013
news.yahoo.com – The ruling made by all of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Lebanon County on February 1, 2013 stems from Good Samaritan Hospital not adhering to the manufacturer’s prescribed instructions for the blood testing equipment they use. The McShane Firm, LLC acted as the defense counsel for two of the cases included in this ruling.

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Lebanon County judges issue new BAC guidelines, criticize GSH

February 7, 2013
www.ldnews.com In an attempt to clear up confusion regarding blood-alcohol content testing conducted at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon County’s four judges have issued a ruling that provides guidelines for the hospital and prosecutors.

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Lebanon judges call DUI testing into question

February 7, 2013
www.fox43.com – Lebanon County’s judges issued a ruling last week calling into question blood testing in DUI cases, leading defense attorneys to seek to get many cases thrown out.

The ruling stems from a request by the county district attorney’s office to attempt to try eight DUI cases together and cites a long-standing concern with how Good Samaritan Hospital tested for alcohol in defendants’ blood.

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Local attorney claims hospital mishandled DUI blood tests, files to have hundreds of cases thrown out

February 7, 2013
www.whptv.com– A Susquehanna Valley Attorney wants hundreds of DUI cases tossed out, claiming a local hospital mishandled the blood tests.  And a court ruled Good Samaritan was not following the operating instructions for the hospital’s blood testing machine.Attorney Justin McShane, Chairman and CEO of McShane Law Firm says this has been a problem at Good Samaritan Hospital for years, but the problem never came to light until four judges ruled that the strict rules haven’t been followed.  “Good Samaritan Hospital is a great hospital, it’s great for emergencies and any sort of care that you would want. Horrible at forensics.”

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DUI test accuracy questioned in Lebanon County

February 7, 2013
wwwabc27.com – Lebanon County’s four judges in the Court of Common Pleas have all signed an order that forbids prosecutors from admitting as evidence DUI blood tests that were conducted on certain machines at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Court ruling could void more than 1,000 Lebanon County drunken driving cases, lawyer contends

February 6, 2013
http://www.pennlive.com – With evident frustration, Lebanon County’s judges have issued a decision that a defense expert says could result in the dismissal of hundreds, and perhaps more than 1,000, drunken driving cases in the county.

District Attorney David Arnold said today that he is sure the decision won’t hinder the prosecution of DUI cases or lead to any mass dismissals, however.

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Allegheny County DA discourages using breath testing for DUI arrests

February 5, 2013
www.post-gazette.com -Pulled over after downing that last beer or six? Forget blowing into a tube. For the drunkest drivers in Allegheny County, it’s going to be blood test or bust.

Prompted by a recent court ruling that questioned the reliability of breath-testing devices, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is telling police chiefs temporarily to consider using only blood tests on two categories of suspected drunken drivers — the most intoxicated and the least impaired.

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DA appeals breath test motion as police react statewide

February 1, 2013
ABC27.Com – Earlier this month, defense attorney Justin McShane filed a motion to dismiss all current breath tests statewide. Since then, five counties in the state, as well as Pennsylvania State Police, are changing their policies.

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Pa. State Police Stop Breathalyzer Tests, for Now

January 30, 2013
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com – Anyone pulled over by a Pennsylvania State Trooper for suspected DUI won’t be subjected to a Breathalyzer test — at least for now.

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Battle over use of breathalyzers in DUI cases moves to state court

February 4, 2013
Pennlive.com – In something of a gamble, the Dauphin County district attorney’s office is asking the state Superior Court to overturn a county judge’s ruling that severely crimps the use of breathalyzers in drunken driving prosecutions.

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Pennsylvania State Police Decide to Halt the Use of Breath Testing for DUI

February 13, 2013
news.yahoo.com – Move comes after ruling in Commonwealth v. Schildt Called Breath Testing Evidence into Question.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) January 17, 2013

In a major development, First Assistant District Attorney Francis T. Chardo of Dauphin County has stated that Pennsylvania State Police will stop using breath testing across the state in favor of blood according to Law Weekly .

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Dauphin County will discontinue breath testing in DUI cases

January 17, 2013
ABC27-WHTM – The in-house breathalyzer machine that came into question last month in Dauphin County may never be used again.

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DUI suspects in Dauphin Co. now have to undergo blood tests

January 16, 2013
ABC27-WHTM – Anyone who fails a preliminary breathalyzer test for driving under the influence in Dauphin County is now required to submit to a blood test, according to a memo sent out by Dauphin County District Attorney.

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Breath-Test Ruling Could Affect Thousands of DUI Cases

January 15, 2013
www.law.com – A recent Dauphin County trial court decision that calls into question the accuracy of evidential breath alcohol testing could potentially impact thousands of pending DUI cases across Pennsylvania, despite the fact that many counties now use blood testing, attorneys said.

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Pennsylvania: Judge Throws Out Breath Machine Evidence

January 8, 2013
www.thenewspaper.com -A judge in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania last week delivered a bombshell decision finding evidence provided by breath machines to be inaccurate outside a narrow range. After hearing extensive testimony from expert witnesses, the Court of Common Pleas judge found it was not appropriate for charges of “high rate” driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) be established by providing a printout from a machine displaying a high number.

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Pa. Lawyer Wants To Do Away With Breathalyzers

January 8, 2013
CBSLOCAL – DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — A Pennsylvania lawyer has filed a request to throw out breath testing for alcohol in the state, just a week after a judge ruled the tests aren’t accurate for analyzing alcohol in the blood.

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DUI cases in Pennsylvania may soon be under the microscope

January 8, 2013
ABC27 – Last week, Dauphin County Judge Lawrence Clark ruled that the breath testing machines used in police stations in Pennsylvania are not scientifically accurate.

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Lawyer seeks to have DUI breath tests halted in Pa.

January 8, 2013
WPXI – A Dauphin County lawyer filed a request on Monday to throw out breath testing for alcohol in Pennsylvania, a week after a judge ruled breath testers aren‘t accurate for analyzing alcohol in the blood.

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Ban on breath tests sought for DUI suspects

January 7, 2013
THE Morning Call – Bad science convinced a Dauphin County judge to throw out breath test results in nearly two dozen drunken driving cases last month.

Now the attorney who discovered problems with the way breath alcohol testing machines in Pennsylvania are calibrated has asked the court to trigger a statewide ban on breath tests for DUI suspects.

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PA Judge: DUI Breathlyzers Not Accurate, Previous Convictions could be Tossed

January 3, 2013
SouthWhitehallPatch-A Dauphin County judge’s ruling has the potential to affect thousands of DUI prosecutions across the state, but South Whitehall Police do not use the Breathalyzers in question.

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Court ruling calls into question DUI cases

January 3, 2013
ABC27-Dauphin County Judge Lawrence Clark has ruled that current calibration methods for breath testing machines in Pennsylvania do not allow for accurate measurements of samples outside the range of 0.05 to 0.15 percent.

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DUI appeals could jam Pennsylvania courts

January 3, 2013
TribeLive-A Dauphin County judge‘s decision questioning the accuracy of widely used devices to measure blood-alcohol levels could bring scrutiny to thousands of drunken-driving convictions, lawyers said Wednesday.

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Ruling on Breathalyzer Challenge in Dauphin County Could Change DUI Convictions

January 2, 2013
Fox43-A Dauphin County judge makes a ruling on a breathalyzer challenge that could affect thousands of  DUI convictions . The judge, ruling that breathalyzer machines used by law enforcement at police stations cannot be considered accurate beyond a blood alcohol reading of .15. The ruling stemming from a DUI case, where the attorney challenged the breathalyzers accuracy . Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says his office will appeal the ruling.

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Attorney McShane Makes the First Page of the Boston Globe

October 4, 2012
As part of their on-going investigation into the Annie Dookhan crime lab scandal, The Boston Globe interviewed Attorney Justin McShane of The McShane Firm. His quotation even made the front page of the newspaper.

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Attorney McShane Hosts Seminar on The Innocence Project at the ACS

August 27, 2012
Attorney Justin McShane recently hosted a seminar at the 244th National Meet­ing & Expo­si­tion of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety (ACS) entitled: Forensic Science, Chemistry and the Law Presents: Innocence!

The event was well received by the attendees, press, and most importantly both the scientific and legal communities. Here is the press conference for the event

Harrisburg man to continue seeking a new trial after his state appeal is denied

May 20, 2012
Curtis A. Williams Jr., represented by Attorney Josh Auriemma of The McShane Firm was recently denied in his petition to The Superior Court of Pennsylvania in his bid to overturn his convictions for shooting another driver during an Easter 2009 road-rage incident.
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Jury Acquits Man of Robbing Drug Informant

October 16, 2005
Attorney Justin McShane secured a full acquittal on all charges against the accused even though there was a videotape of the alleged robbery with three Pennsylvania State Police eyewitnesses. After which an experienced prosecutor indicated that made it so he could not sleep at night.

Com vs. Pittman (The Passenger Side DUI)

In December of 2005, Derek R. Pittman was charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania while briefly steering from the passenger’s seat of a sober friend’s car. Attorney Justin McShane successfully defended Mr. Pittman with a result that lead to dismissal and expungement of the charges of Driving Under the Influence. This case received national exposure.

Com. vs. Prendergast

October 9, 2002
On March 22, 2002, Brian A. Prendergast was accused of assaulting a woman in the parking lot of the Harrisburg East Mall. Attorney Justin McShane successfully defended Prendergast arguing for a Not Guilty on the only contested charge which was kidnapping. This saved Mr. Prendergast from several more years of incarceration and Megan’s Law lifetime reporting requirements.

Com vs. Sawyer

In a brutal homicide case where Sawyer was accused of stabbing one of his best friends over forty times, Attorney Justin McShane argued successfully to have a damming confession linking him to the crime suppressed by the Court of Common Pleas. This legal ruling was so damaging to the Commonwealth’s case that the Commonwealth decided to appeal the case.

Com. vs. Scott Wholaver (a.k.a. “Middletown Christmas Eve Triple Homicide”)

On the early morning of December 24, 2002, Earnest Wholaver and brother Scott Wholaver journeyed to Middletown, PA where Earnest snuck into the home of his estranged wife, murdering her and two of their children while a unknowing Scott waited outside. Attorney Justin McShane defended Scott Wholaver on three counts of Homicide, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in a case where his brother ultimately received the death penalty.

Com. vs. Swartz

On November 24th, 2004, Dustin Swartz of Port Royal, along with three other accomplices, staged a daring armed robbery of a Weis Supermarket in Juniata County. Attorney Justin McShane defended Swartz on charges of robbery, two counts each of robbery of a motor vehicle, kidnapping, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Com. vs. Taylor

On November 1st, 2001, Glenn Darien Taylor was accused of kidnapping a city woman, shooting her to death, and leaving her body near Italian Lake. Attorney Justin McShane defended Taylor on charges of murder, kidnapping, and other counts. Taylor was found not guilty of First Degree Murder.

Com. vs. Wingert

On May 22nd, 2003, convicted rapist Douglas Wingert was accused of trying to rape a teacher at knifepoint at a private school in Antrim Township. Attorney Justin McShane defended Wingert on charges of Criminal Attempted Rape, Indecent Assault, and Unlawful Restraint.

Judge Throws out Criminal Charges Against Pair Accused of Making Threats

Intimidation Charges Dropped

Attorney Justin McShane successfully defended a federal police officer accused of
Official Oppression and another person accused of Victim/Witness Intimidation. All charges were thrown out of Court after the Commonwealth presented its case. Although it was a Jury trial, the Judge was convinced after the cross-examination of Attorney McShane that the evidence was woefully insufficient and did not even let the Jury deliberate on the case at all, resulting in a Not Guilty verdict.

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