Due Process

Due process is what separates a free society from a police state. When the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution says that the government shall not "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, " that does not meant that the government cannot take away a person's life, liberty or property, but that it cannot take those things away without first giving that person a fair chance to defend him or herself. For instance, the government cannot imprison someone or take away his or her children without allowing the person to challenge the government's actions.

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Legal Cases

  • J.H. v. Dallas
    Hundreds of people with severe mental illness languishing in Pennsylvania’s county jails, often in solitary confinement, for months and even years awaiting court-ordered mental health services known as competency restoration treatment
  • Owsiany v. City of Greensburg
    Lawsuit to stop the city of Greensburg from retaliating against a lawyer and his client who filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging use of excessive force by police.
  • Dewey Homes & Industrial Properties
    Defense of five Middlesex Township (Butler Co.) residents and two nonprofit environmental organizations against a SLAPP suit (strategic lawsuit against public participation) filed by a developer and several landowners alleging that the residents and nonprofits illegally interfered with their business interests by opposing a local pro-drilling/fracking zoning ordinance
  • Peters v. Wilkes-Barre
    A challenge to Wilkes-Barre's "one strike" ordinance, which allows city officials to evict tenants immediately and prevent landlords from renting a property for six months if anyone - even a third party not on the lease - is suspected of illegal activity involving drugs or guns on the premises
  • Flora v. Luzerne County
    An employment lawsuit seeking Al Flora's reinstatement to the chief defender position

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