We Have No Tolerance for Distracted Drivers–Save the Texting for Later Although many people know not to text while driving, it does not seem to have stopped them. It is a significant  public safety issue. I had a recent eye doctor appointment and, although there was a sign saying no cell phones, I sat with…

Pedestrian Injuries in Monroe County PA The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that almost 5000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, the number of deaths has been increasing. The 2016 national data shows that pedestrian deaths increased by 9% to 5,987, the highest number since 1990. While the reasons for…

Shareholder Jerry Geiger was recognized for 30 years of service by the County Commissioners’ Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) at its annual conference in Hershey, PA on November 21, 2017. Attorney Geiger has been representing Counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania since CCAP was founded in 1987. His list of clients has included not just Counties…

How artists came up with a solution to reverse the increase in pedestrian deaths. Eastern Pennsylvania and Monroe County have had far too many pedestrians seriously injured or killed by motor vehicles in the past few years.The question is what to do about it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study reporting…

PennDOT no longer issues vehicle registration stickers. But what to do with the ones already on the license plate? PennDOT just posted this notice on its Facebook page: “You don’t have to remove your old registration sticker from your license plate – law enforcement in Pennsylvania as well as other jurisdictions (including Canada!) have been…

Judicial Review of a Broken Funding Scheme On September 28, 2017, in William Penn School District v. Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided it had the authority and duty to decide whether Pennsylvania’s school funding scheme is so broken it violates the Pennsylvania constitution. The case was first dismissed by the Commonwealth Court as posing…

Federal Court in Wilkes-Barre Stops School from Disciplining Cheerleader for Off-campus Speech Yesterday, federal District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the Mahanoy School District from punishing one of its cheerleaders for an off-campus Snapchat post. The minor plaintiff, identified as “B.L.” is a sophomore at the Mahanoy Area High School…

14th Amendment Requires Schools to Protect High School football players from concussion injuries On September 21, 2017, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals filed a precedential opinion ruling that high school football players have a constitutional right to be protected from further harm after suffering a concussion injury on the field. Ironically, the School District…

Hurricane Irma Extends Filing Deadlines The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently announced that, due to weather conditions in the Virgin Islands, any non-emergency filing (e.g. briefs, case opening documents,) in a Virgin Islands case that is due during the period September 5 through September 12 will be due on September 13. Further extensions may…

MCCF Suicide Mumun Barbaros committed suicide at the Monroe County Correctional Facility on March 22, 2009 while awaiting trial for criminal trespass. Barbaros choked to death from the remnants of a t-shirt lodged in his throat. Federal Lawsuit Barbaros’ estate sued in federal District Court in Scranton. The claim was that Barbaros committed suicide because he was…