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Factoryville, Pennsylvania Overdose Death Case

Ernie spoke to the parents of the victim on behalf of his client. The parents of the victim agreed that mercy should be shown to his client who gave their son the Fentanyl patches. Ernie’s knowledge of the use of expert witnesses led to a misdemeanor charge and state treatment program instead of a murder charge and prison time.

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Driver in Deadly Susquehanna County Crash Pleads Guilty to Reckless Endangerment

Ernie’s client (a truck driver) was charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. He was able to discover weaknesses in the Commonweath’s case with a creative approach thereby demonstrating that the truck driver was not at fault as the air brakes on the truck were defective. The driver ended up being found guilty of a Misdemeanor (2nd degree)(M2) and received probation and no jail time.

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Jury: Reading Anthracite owes trucking firm more than $2M

Lost Wages: Ernie Represented the Owner of a Northumberland County Trucking Company winning more than $2 million in actual and punitive damages for breach of a contact and interference with another contract.

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Ernie argued before the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey winning the case for the Commonwealth

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Blystone v. Pennsylvania

Ernie argued a second case before the Supreme Court in Blystone v. Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s death penalty statute was found to be constitutional even though it mandated a death sentence based on the outcome of the weighing process.

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