As a result of a case tried in Montgomery County by top criminal lawyer, Marc Robert Steinberg, the law of the Commonwealth regarding wiretaps has been changed in a new Act which will be signed by Governor Corbett. The old law required two-party consent before a recording by use of electronic means would be allowed in criminal court. Now, only one-party consent will be necessary. As an example, in the Montgomery County case which was used to convince the legislators, the defendant's daughter used her cell phone to record her father sexually abusing her. That recording was not allowed to be used at trial against the father because it violated the Wiretap Law. Now, with the passage of the new law, that recording would be admissible in a criminal case against the father to prove that the assault actually happened. The law will allow police and prosecutors to use this evidence even if the father did not give his consent to be recorded.
If someone you know has been charged with Murder, it is important you know and understand the charges and what they mean. In Pennsylvania, there is the general term, Criminal Homicide, which is defined as the intentional, knowing, reckless or negligent causing of the death of another human being. A defendant may be charged generally with the crime of Criminal Homicide, but it is the specific charge which counts. There is Murder of the first degree, second degree, third degree, Voluntary Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter. Each one is different, and the sentencing for each is not the same.