Testilying – Swearing to tell a lie Changing stories told on the stand after convictions is so common, court watchers have a name for it. The challenge is what to believe, and when. Excerpt from Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com article by Emilie Lounsberry & Michaelle Bond It was a giant step for Deirdre Jones to take the…

Virginia Is for Felonies? Petty Theft Law From 1980s Sticks Originally by Alanna Durkin Richer via AP “Stealing a $230 pair of eyeglasses would land you a misdemeanor conviction in most states. Shoplifting the same item in Virginia could make you a felon for life. To keep pace with inflation, at least 30 states have raised…

How to Handle a Police Traffic Stop This is a straightforward and accurate video describing how to react if you are pulled over by the police during a traffic stop. Knowing what your rights are and what the law is regarding traffic stops and traffic violations is crucial to avoiding legal pitfalls. Rossen Reports: What…

Murder Trial Ends in Mistrial After a month-long trial and five (5) days of jury deliberations in Camden County Superior Court, the Court yesterday declared a mistrial based upon the jury’s failure to reach a unanimous verdict.  Timothy Farrow’s client faces up to a Life Imprisonment, and a retrial has now been scheduled for April…

N.J. Rethinks Bail – Who Gets Out, Who Stays Jailed Originally by Maddie Hanna via Trenton Bureau “As of Sunday, suspects arrested in New Jersey will no longer face the prospect of being stuck in jail solely because they can’t make bail. But some accused offenders will no longer have any chance of being released before…

Photo credit Nancy Rokos | For BCT.com “It was a very challenging case, and even more so considering the jury did not have the option of lesser-included manslaughter charges. That among other potential appeal issues will be discussed with my client” – Tim Farrow Excerpt from article by Rose Krebs (BurlingtonCountyTimes.com): “A jury found a Cinnaminson man…

Photo credit Lori M. Nichols | For NJ.com Excerpt from article by Rebecca Everett (NJ.com): “Dennis Pozniak, 29, testified for roughly 5 1/2 hours in his murder trial Wednesday, talking about what he recalled about his mental illness, delusions and drug addiction that started when he was a teenager. What he could not recall, not the…

Photo credit BurlingtonCountyTimes.com Farrow has argued that his client has long suffered from what he called “serious mental illness that started as early as age 11.” That includes anxiety and depression, he has said, and Pozniak has relied on hard drugs to deal with them. Excerpt from article by Joe Green (Burlington County Times): “On Wednesday,…

Photo credit BurlingtonCountyTimes.com “The premise is that the human mind is extremely complex,” Farrow told jurors. “This case is about the mind of Dennis Pozniak” and his intentions that night, he argued. Excerpt from article by Rose Krebs (Burlington County Times): “A man bludgeoned his girlfriend and her father to death with a pipe wrench because…

Updated article from Philly.com, written by Michael Boren (8/27/16) “A series of miscommunications among dispatchers on a 911 call may have caused New Jersey state troopers to erroneously respond to a rural South Jersey home, where one shot a 76-year-old man who feared the troopers were intruders. Gerald Sykes, who walked into his living room with a…