News Live 365: March 21st, 2019

Former Mercer County DA Sentenced for Corruption

Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Former Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and four years probation yesterday after being convicted of corruption related crimes. In January a jury found Karson guilty of the lengthy crime of Obstructing the Administration of Law or Government Function and Official Oppression, after he tried to use his office to protect someone he was romantically involved with from prosecution.

 

Assembly Passes Bill to Strip Criminals of Pensions

Radio PA
A pension forfeiture bill just passed by the Pennsylvania State Senate is expected to receive Governor Tom Wolf’s signature by the end of the week. When signed, it will create a new law that strips the pension of any Pennsylvania employee or official who pleads guilty or no contest to a criminal offense punishable by at least 5 years in prison.

 

Pennsylvania DoC to Ban Tobacco in Prison

Radio PA
The Department of Corrections will be banning the use of tobacco products in State Prisons starting in June. Department Spokesperson Susan McNaughton says the decision was made because it will make prisons healthier and also safer by eliminating the prison black market for tobacco. E-Cigarettes bought through the commissary program will still be allowed and smoking cessation programs will be offered.