It is unconstitutional to imprison an individual for failing to pay fines and costs without first holding a court hearing to determine the individual’s ability to pay. If an individual has not paid his or her fines and costs, then courts are still required to hold a hearing to determine whether the individual intentionally failed
The Allegheny County Jail has recently abused the long-standing rule in favor of strip-searching inmates, claiming a security interest exists for such searches. That rule has existed for over a decade based on decisions from the Supreme Court of the United States. Those same rules do not apply for stop-and-frisks outside of the prison walls.
Timothy P. O’Brien was recently invited by WTAE to discuss police transparency in officer-involved shootings. Our office takes the position that, as a general rule, and as citizens, we are entitled to know what our public servants are doing. Of course, there are exceptions to that general rule, but absolute deference should not be given to our