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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Received 1991 texts between 7/1/19 thru 12/3/19 day and night can this be considered harassment

I share 50/50 custody with him and have told him not to contact me unless it is about our child he goes back in forth within mins of hating me and loving me

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 3, 2019

Yep, I'd call that harassment. Contact your local police about it.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: I purchased a house and my wife had just her name put on the deed. She refuses to add my name. What do I do

My wife and I purchased a house in mckean county which I paid for. Ahe doesnt work. She contacted the attorney and told them to put only her name on it. They didn't contact me to see if it was ok. However my wife is refusing to put my name on it and now I have a feeling she is going to sell it out... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Nov 21, 2019

I suggest filing a "lis pendens" against the property in McKean Co. in the Prothonotary's Office there. Anyone looking to purchase that property in the future should see that there is a cloud on the title with that filing.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: What type of lawyer would i pursue in suing a police district for harassment and violation of rights of an individual ?

My son has run ins with the 17th police district in philadelphia for the last 2 years, they stop him at least 1-2 a month for bogus reasons, I made a complaint last year to a sergent and seems like nothing has made a difference, he always appear to get stopped up the street, down the street, two... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 30, 2019

Why hasnt your son ever recorded these encounters?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: I filed a civil complaint against a corrections officer and don't know the next step in perusing a suit against him.

I have a misconduct I received in April. The misconduct was rewritten and changed after I submitted my inmate version. 5 months later I had a hearing and the misconduct was changed to try to find me guilty since the first time it was written was not sufficient. I have both misconducts to prove he... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 29, 2019

Pursuing or perusing?

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: I sold a camper with a bill of sale AS IS and the buyer a few days later stated he went and got an attorney

I would like to know what I can do on my end when I did nothing wrong. There was visible water damage and the person who bought it accessed the damage before saying if he was purchasing or not. After that being done he then asked if I would take less and I said yes and then he said good that way I... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 24, 2019

Ask him for a copy of the police report as first step, if it really exists

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If you are waiting to go to trial in Philadelphia and you start Therapeutic Community programming do you get time

Credit for completing programs plus time served

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 17, 2019

you have a lawyer. ask your lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can you file a civil suit after being wrongfully incarcerated?

My husband was in a fatal accident in 2014. He was arrested in 2016. After the case was presented the originating county and the state supreme court found that all felony and misdemeanor charges should be dropped. He was found to not be reckless or negligent in any way. The only charges remaining... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 10, 2019

You should consult directly with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello. My baby sister is going to be 13yrs old in a few months. She is desperate to move out of my parents house.

She wants to live with me badly because of the abuse that goes on at home. Which I know of because I had to endure abuse myself when living with them. I am 33yrs old. My parents are narrcistic. They won't even allow her to visit me or we can't talk on the phone or anything. Because they know She'll... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 17, 2019

If the abuse is *physical* abuse, you should contact the Children & Youth agency for the county in which your sister lives. Even if it's only mental/emotional abuse, I'd contact that agency and let someone know what's going on. Hopefully they'll open up an investigation and get to the bottom of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Say some one repeatedly says they’re going to have sexual relations with loved ones is that harassment?

Keeps saying they wanna do things like this

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

It's also a threat under some circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: May,I file for these patents upon expiration?

I know the guy and he could rewrite those identifications to exhibit his knowledge about each of the patents. Also what does the 'grant' detail as a per say award to the person. Plus, would you be clear with returning the answers and does a 'grant' expire and who is eligible to a United States... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Aug 2, 2019

You should redirect your question to Patents.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime for Pennsylvania on
Q: A Pittsburgh Police Officer told me that a Priest serving in a Confessional is serving in a public capacity. Rec.allowed

Is recording one's Confession allowed in PA without the Priests consent even with the following considered?

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Pennsylvania is one of twelve states that upholds two-party consent for communications recording. To secretly record a conversation with consent from only one party in... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 20, 2019

No

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have a right Pennsylvania to audio record what is said in the Confessional without telling the Catholic Priest?

I have been expecting corruption involving Law

Enforcement and Catholic leadership since

April 2nd, 2012 and am experiencing obstruction of Justice on many levels.

A team of us are addressing this, while operating under the Authority of Catholic Bishop Joe Coffey in the... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 17, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of twelve states that upholds two-party consent for communications recording. To secretly record a conversation with consent from only one party in Pennsylvania is therefore illegal.

Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: neighbors evil spawn keep throwing rocks in building and breaking windows. police refuse to do anything. what can i do

police refuse to do anything and it took them over 4 hours to respond to the broken window. BUT they only responded because the evill spawn threw his ball down my basement and I would not get it. then the cps showed up in 10 minutes. and no it was not shfit change and during the day.

I was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

you can sue the parents. You obviously forgot that police like politeness and deference and clearly they were tiring of your free speech. You want cooperation--listen. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, but you are over 21 and should know better.

You can ask a court to order them to stop...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do you have to cooperate with police in a sting investigation?

My friend was pulled over and had half an ounce of marijuana, the cops did not arrest him but instead told him that in a week they are going to call him to set up a sting to catch his dealer. Is he required by law to go along with this sting? Could he be punished for not going along with it?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on May 31, 2019

He needs to confer with a lawyer. This is often a ploy by the police to get the person to be an informant

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: Car was impounded to do further search. I was not allowed to get personal belongings house key

No permission to search, found small tuperware container on backseat with "residue" found paraphilnia in trunk of car. Impounded to search further..wasnt allowed to have anything out of car. Reason for being pulled over changed...first was plexi glass side back window at 1am. Then it was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

If you were charged you need to get with an attorney who handles criminal cases in that county. If you weren't charged you need your car back. Then contact the pennsylvania civil liberties union, ask for the names of "cooperating attorneys" in your area. They usually will give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: Doing new story on Prison built in 1850 was trespass without being on property

City near me has a self-guided walking tour map. Decided to do a new story on it and start it with a prison that was built in 1850. Prison is located in the middle of the city. I never left the city sidewalk, public easement and was trespassed from prison property by local police. Deputy sheriff... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 13, 2019

The wiretap act has no application to video that I am aware of. Contact the Pennsylvania Civil Liberties Union--sounds like the type of case that they may be able to get a law school clinic to bring on your behalf.

4 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Police Department Policy Violation

I understand there are statute of limitations on actual criminal and civil cases in Pennsylvania but what type of limitation would apply for a police officer misconduct issue against a police officer which would not fall under an actual crime but under a police department’s own policy? How long... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

Not clear what the issue is. However you have to look at it two ways--even if it is not something they'd normally charge or sanction someone for committing is it something that can be raised to deny a promotion or assignment?

As far as someone outside bringing a claim, they can't make a...
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4 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Police Department Policy Violation

I understand there are statute of limitations on actual criminal and civil cases in Pennsylvania but what type of limitation would apply for a police officer misconduct issue against a police officer which would not fall under an actual crime but under a police department’s own policy? How long... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

Not clear what the issue is. However you have to look at it two ways--even if it is not something they'd normally charge or sanction someone for committing is it something that can be raised to deny a promotion or assignment?

As far as someone outside bringing a claim, they can't make a...
Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Police Department Policy Violation

I understand there are statute of limitations on actual criminal and civil cases in Pennsylvania but what type of limitation would apply for a police officer misconduct issue against a police officer which would not fall under an actual crime but under a police department’s own policy? How long... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

Not clear what the issue is. However you have to look at it two ways--even if it is not something they'd normally charge or sanction someone for committing is it something that can be raised to deny a promotion or assignment?

As far as someone outside bringing a claim, they can't make a...
Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Police Department Policy Violation

I understand there are statute of limitations on actual criminal and civil cases in Pennsylvania but what type of limitation would apply for a police officer misconduct issue against a police officer which would not fall under an actual crime but under a police department’s own policy? How long... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

Not clear what the issue is. However you have to look at it two ways--even if it is not something they'd normally charge or sanction someone for committing is it something that can be raised to deny a promotion or assignment?

As far as someone outside bringing a claim, they can't make a...
Read more »

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