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Port Jervis, NY – On October 25th, local law firm, Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys at Law, contributed a generous donation to the operation of the Port Jervis Warming Station. Their gift will help the shelter to provide a place for the homeless of Port Jervis during the cold winter months. The shelter, located in the basement of the Deer Park Reformed Church in Port Jervis, was made possible through the combined efforts of Empowering Port Jervis and the Tri-State Interfaith Council. Aside from the cost of insurance, donations are being accepted to cover the expenses of utilities and toiletries. Jeffrey Baughman, Tri-State Ecumenical Group representative, expressed his appreciation with the following statement; “It is with our greatest gratitude we send our thanks for your donation to the Port Jervis Warming Station! It is because of your warm hearts others will be able to be comfortable during the harsh winter nights!” For more information, please contact the law offices at Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys at Law via phone at 570-296-7300 or visit their website at www.wzlawfirm.com.
Jury selection in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Eric Matthew Frein has been scheduled to begin Thursday, March 9, 2017.
A man charged with fatally ambushing a state police trooper and wounding another near a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania will travel to another county for jury selection in March.
A man charged with fatally ambushing a state police trooper and wounding another near a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania will travel to another county for jury selection in March. The jury for 33-year-old Eric Frein will be selected in Chester County from March 9th through the 13th.
A man charged with fatally ambushing a state police trooper and wounding another near a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania will travel to another county for jury selection in March.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors in the Eric Matthew Frein case will chose a jury March 9-13 and possibly beyond from a pool in Chester County, Judge Gregory H. Chelak announced in an order filed Friday.
The Commonwealth v. Stephen Dews trial begins on Friday, October 21, 2016. Mr. Dews is accused of causing the death of his wife, Gail Dews, by pushing her into a ravine at Shohola Falls, Shohola, PA, on March 10 or 11, 2013. Jury selection method will be individual voir dire, which means that each juror will be individually examined by both the Commonwealth and the Defense. According to Attorney Weinstein, Mr. Dews has maintained and looks forward to establishing his innocence in this matter. The trial will be heard in front of the Honorable Gregory H. Chelak in the Pike County Court, and is being prosecuted by District Attorney, Ray Tonkin and Assistant District Attorney Bruce DeSarro.
On Friday, October 21st, Attorney Ashley Zimmerman, partner in local law firm, Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys at Law, will participate in a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event presented by the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA). Addressing the topic of forensic procedures, “Voodoo Science” speculates on improving the quality of forensic testing and the consequent benefit in trial proceedings. This upcoming CLE is to be held at the Malibu Dude Ranch in Milford, Pennsylvania. A Pike County resident since 1996, Attorney Zimmerman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Law from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA. She received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, NY. While an undergraduate, Attorney Zimmerman completed a Pro Bono internship at the Pike County Public Defender’s Office, where she assisted attorneys in juvenile proceedings and preliminary hearings, as well as completing legal research. While attaining her doctorate, she spent some college semesters as a legal intern in Long Island legal institutions. At the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in Mineola, NY, she was placed in the Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau, where she completed research, drafted close out and prosecution memorandums, and attended court hearings with the Assistant District Attorney, Zimmerman was also a part of the Veteran’s and Serviceman’s Clinic at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip. While there, she completed research in the area of Veteran’s and Serviceman’s rights. With a wealth of experience accumulated to this point, in July of 2013, Zimmerman took the position of Associate Attorney at the law firm of Michael E. Weinstein, Attorney at Law, becoming a partner at the firm in January of this year. Attorney Zimmerman holds the following certifications and memberships: NACDL, PACDL, Pennsylvania Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Public Defender’s Association, Pike County Bar Association, as well as the Wayne County Bar Association. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. For more information, please contact her at Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys at Law via phone at 570-296-7300 or through the firm’s website at www.wzlawfirm.com.
On Saturday, November 12th, a new law will be going into effect that will allow for the expungement of certain crimes after a period of ten years have passed since their final disposition. The law will entitle those individuals who, for ten years prior, have carried criminal records of a misdemeanor in the second degree, a misdemeanor in the third degree, or an ungraded offense carrying a two year maximum sentence, be disseminated only to criminal justice or government agencies. This will essentially expunge these individuals of their criminal record for public record. The individual will have had to remain free of subsequent arrest or prosecution following their prior conviction. There are provisions within this law for specific cases in which exceptional circumstances prevent the expungement. These include some cases involving varying degrees of assault, child abuse, aberrant sexual misconduct and intimidation of a witness, among others. If thirty days pass without objections from notice being filed with the District Attorney, the expungement will clear the records of these people with criminal backgrounds meeting the criteria under the new law. Similarly, all criminal history record repository systems will potentially limit access to these individuals’ backgrounds after November 12th of this year. For further information regarding the passage of this and other similar laws, please contact the law offices of Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys At Law via phone at 570-296-7300 or visit the firm’s website at www.wzlawfirm.com.
On Saturday, October 22nd, Attorney John Campo, of local law firm, Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys at Law, will participate as a volunteer attorney at the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) Wills for Heroes program at the Pike County Emergency Training Center in Lord's Valley. Along with select volunteer attorneys, Attorney Campo will donate this Saturday to prepare estate documents for Heroes, including veterans and first responders, such as police, fire, ambulance and EMT workers. Created in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Wills for Heroes is a nonprofit organization which has prepared more than 55,000 estate planning documents for first responders in 28 states since November 2001. Thousands of first responders risked their lives to save fellow Americans, and more than 400 firefighters and police officers made the ultimate sacrifice, many without estate plans. Through Wills for Heroes, volunteer lawyers provide free estate planning, including free wills, living wills, and healthcare and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or domestic partners. First responders and veterans along with their significant other, are eligible to receive "Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills" prepared at no charge and leave with prepared, signed, witnessed, and notarized documents all at once. A fellow Pike County resident, Attorney Campo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. Attorney Campo holds the following certifications and memberships: NACDL, PACDL, Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Pike County Bar. He is currently licensed to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania. For more information, please contact him at Weinstein and Zimmerman, Attorneys at Law via phone at 570-296-7300 or visit the firm’s website at www.wzlawfirm.com. To make an appointment at the Wills for Heroes event, please schedule one online at www.pabar.org/wfh. The password is: PikeWFH.