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Philadelphia Following National Trend Towards Marijuana Legalization

The legalization of marijuana has been a very controversial matter over the course of the past decade throughout the United States. People from a variety of backgrounds have presented different stances toward this topic. The trend has been towards the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes. States such as Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, […]

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Ways Your Criminal Defense Attorney Can Get Your Record Clean

Being charged and convicted of a crime will follow you the rest of your life. A criminal record is a permanent record. You committed a crime and now anyone, friends, family, employers, can find these charges. You might be wondering if there is a way to get the charges off of your record. Spade Law […]

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When Do You Need To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney in Philadelphia?

Being charged with a crime presents a very frustrating and often times confusing process for the accused. The legal system is such a complex system with ever changing laws and rules; it seems almost impossible to follow if you are not involved on a daily basis. So when do you need to hire a Criminal […]

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Pennsylvania’s Liberalized Expungement Law

Over the past five years, 17 states have expanded their expungement laws to make them more liberal and create new opportunities for those with criminal records to start a new life. This national trend is creating an environment in which people with criminal records have more opportunities to gain employment and housing, in turn allowing […]

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President Obama’s Commutation of the Sentences

President Obama’s Commutation of the Sentences of Eight People Convicted of Crack Cocaine Distribution Under the 100:1 Ratio Law Creates a Question About What to Do with the 8800 Other People Serving Similarly Unjust Sentences On December 19, 2013, president Obama commuted the sentences of eight people who had been convicted of possession with intent […]

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Federal Prosecutors Power and Prison

Federal Prosecutors Have Too Much Power In Deciding Who Goes To PrisonAlmost since the inception of the federal sentencing guidelines system in 1984, critics have argued that it gives too much discretion to federal prosecutors and that the sentences handed out – especially for drug crimes – are draconian. Of course, part of the problem […]

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United States v. Robert Merritt, Jr.

Not guilty verdict on 6 federal capital homicide charges after 7 month jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by William Spade

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Recent Settlement

In my civil practice, which consists of civil rights, personal injury and wrongful death, I have achieved several significant monetary settlements, including most recently an $800,000 settlement in a wrongful death claim against the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department. Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by William Spade

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Ex-officer is sentenced in fraud

A former Philadelphia police officer who more recently worked as the caddie master at the posh Whltemarsh Valley Country Club was sentenced yesterday to 30 months In prison after pleading guilty to fraud and money-laundering charges. Joseph Logue, 58, admitted he bilked two unidentified members of the dub out of $175,000 by convincing them to […]

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