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  • A Pennsylvania man challenges the constitutionality of the federal cyberstalking statute.  He is accused of making threatening comments, in verse, on Facebook, and claims that the anti-cyberstalking statute is unconstitutionally broad as applied to this type of protected expression.  The feds are like, “Roses are red, violets are blue, your poetic threats are not protected First Amendment expression.”  More analysis to follow. [Post-Gazette]
  • Joint State Government Commission: Pennsylvania public defenders are letting down the most indigent criminal defendants.  Pennsylvania is the only state that provides zero funding for public defense.  Instead, the public defenders are run and funded on a county-by-county level that the report calls “obsolete” because it is inefficient and the poorest counties get so little funding.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Apparently, this whole situation with the the PA public defenders is so bad that at least one of them was found in contempt of court when he failed to show up to defend an indigent defendant because he was defending a paying client in another courtroom.  Common Pleas Judge lamented the “culture in this building.”  “Everyone just shows up when they want to,” he said.  The judge then said he knew the public defenders were overworked, and dismissed the contempt charges.  [Trib]
  • Senators consider requiring transparency in law school employment statistics.  [Above the Law]