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August 13, 2018

Joseph "Bo" Zinner, a former student at Mercyhurst University, had his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at the Erie County Courthouse. Zinner was convicted of indecent assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree, back in December of 2017. The maximum sentence for this conviction could have resulted in Bo spending 2 years in jail. Leonard Ambrose, Attorney for the Defendant, pushed for a sentence of probation stating that, "There is no need for anything beyond that." Zinner has no prior criminal record.

Bo will serve 2 years probation in Ohio where him and his family reside. However, Zinner is also required to register as a sex...

August 7, 2018

On Monday, July 23rd, 2018 Roderick M. Jones plead guilty to three, of the original 26, felony counts regarding his assistance in preparing false income tax returns. Jones prepared 1,015 federal tax returns for several clients which he accumulated over three years by word of mouth through his own photography studio.  The clients were unaware of Jones filing the false returns on their behalf and will not be facing any criminal charges. U.S. Attorney Marshall Piccinini stated that the returns were "self-filed" in order to keep Rod Jones' name from appearing on them.

Piccinini also brought to the...

June 1, 2018

District Judge Allen Sinclair has dropped a majority of the refiled charges for a second time against 11 of the former brothers of the Penn State University's no longer existing Beta Theta Pi fraternity. For 6 of the former brothers Neuman, Sala, Kubera, Kenyon, Schiavone and Yochim all of the refiled charges were dismissed. However, the Piazzas have until February 4th, 2019 to take any civil legal actions against the remaining 11 brothers. 

This Preliminary Hearing was anticipated to take up to six (6) days to complete. Judge Sinclair nonetheless was able to make a decision in just three (3) days. New evidence was presented at this hearing such as...

June 1, 2018

Attorney Ambrose is one of the presenters at this years Criminal Law Symposium on June 7th and 8th in Harrisburg, PA. He is going to be discussing Cross Examination Techniques in Hazing Cases; Dealing with Rickers and Victim Impact Testimony in Sexual Assault Cases. 

Hazing cases are becoming more and more prevalent every year. The Penn State case is a vivid example of this. The renewed emphasis on victim rights has also lead to more frequent introduction of victim impact testimony in order to enhance the credibility of the alleged victim. Join Mr. Ambrose and learn cross examination techniques to make you more  effective in these types of cases. 

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April 26, 2018

 City Council President, Sonya Arrington's initial appearance was on April 19th at 4:00pm in federal court where she entered a plea of not guilty to the 33 felony counts she is facing. 31 of the 33 charges are related to the improper, personal use of money made from MATV. MATV (Mothers Against Teen Violence) is an organization founded by Sonya in 2010 after the fatal shooting of her son. "A lot of her contributions in my opinion have reduced some of the gun violence that is so prevalent in certain neighborhoods in this community," her attorney Ambrose commented during an interview with Jackie Roberts of WJET. If convicted, Arrington could face up...

February 6, 2018

Timothy Bream, head athletic trainer at Penn State University and live-in adviser for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, has not been charged for the death of Timothy Piazza. Bream's room was on the second floor of the house where he was from 9pm the night of the incident until 5am the next morning. He claims to have been "sleeping" while the bid acceptance party was going on.

Defense Attorney for Joe Sala, 19, called Mr. Bream to testify as a witness at the Preliminary Hearing. Attorney Leonard Ambrose stated, "Bream was the captain of the ship. When you have a captain on the ship and it runs into the dock when the captain was sleeping, the person in...

January 16, 2018

In today's America, accusations of sexual assault are seemingly a daily occurrence. In 2016, Joseph "Bo" Zinner was a Senior hockey player at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was studying to go to Med School when an unimaginable, unexpected obstacle was thrown his way.

On March 16th, 2016 Bo was charged with two counts of Indecent Assault, a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree and First Degree, respectively. Further, he was charged with two charges of Aggravated Indecent Assault, a Felony of the Second Degree. He was expelled from school, kicked off of the hockey team and was facing up to ten (10) years of possible jail time  - as well...

September 28, 2017

 Charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony aggravated assault were dropped by District Justice Allen Sinclair on Friday September 1st, 2017. Eight brothers faced these serious charges including our client Joe Sala, 19, of Erie, Pennsylvania (shown above). 

This decision considerably reduces the chance of any of the Defendants facing jail time. Lesser charges of hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors and reckless endangerment are the remaining charges that will take 14 of the 18 brothers to trial as well as the fraternity itself. 

"We're relieved," said Sala's Attorney Leonard G. Ambrose III. "It doesn't mean this is over. It may be roun...

April 18, 2017

Todd Walters, an Indiana, PA resident, is charged with one count each of criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the Feb. 20, 2015, death of Shirey Walters, a former dean at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in their home along Diamond Avenue in Indiana.

Dr. Clarence Watson, J.D., M.D., a forensic psychiatrist, testified that Todd Walters, 38 years of age, has severe paranoid schizophrenia and has believed for two years that his mother, Ruth Shirey, is still alive and taking part in a conspiracy against him.

President Judge William Martin in the Common Pleas Court of Indiana County denied the dismissal of the criminal charges in the case b...

April 13, 2017

In what was a major public relations spectacle for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the IRS and FBI took down one of the largest identify fraud schemes in America in 2014. A large conspiracy that consisted of upwards of a dozen Nigerian-Americans involved the obtaining of stolen identities of U.S. citizens through the NY Dept. of Human Services and other nefarious means on the dark web. They used these identities to open various bank accounts across the U.S. and subsequently filing false tax returns to be deposited to said accounts. The U.S. Government estimates the losses to the Government to be around $64...

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