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Radio Smart Talk: Law 101

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 23, 2013 2:14 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, April 24:

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Law Week will be observed throughout the country in the next few weeks.  It's a time devoted to educating the public and making them aware of the law and our legal system.

Many people's knowledge of a courtroom comes from what they see portrayed on television dramas.  That is unless a person actually has an experience with the legal system as a plaintiff, defendant, juror or witness.

Often, everyone else doesn't pay attention unless there's a high profile case.

After 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested last Friday and charged with the Boston Marathon bombings, there was some discussion of whether he would be given the famous Miranda rights against self-incrimination.  Most people assumed every criminal suspect was told that he or she has the right to stay silent and a right to an attorney.  The question was whether Tsarnaev would be charged as an enemy combatant or as a civilian.  The decision was finally made to charge him in a civilian court.

It was a prime example of what most people don't know about the law, but it's one of many.

As part of Dauphin County's upcoming Law Week April 29-May 3, attorneys Peg Simok, of Cognetti and Associates and Ed Spreha, of Mancke, Wagner and Spreha will appear on Radio Smart Talk to answer questions about navigating the courts and the law.

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Attorneys Ed Spreha, of Mancke, Wagner and Spreha and Peg Simok, of Cognetti and Associates





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