April 6, 2017

Attorney Ambrose represented Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong in her first trial for the murder of her boyfriend in 1984. This would be the first of at least three murders she had committed - one of which was the infamous "Pizza Bomber Murder" where she strapped a home-made bomb to a pizza delivery man and forced him to rob a bank. The bomb subsequently detonated when the police arrived on the scene. 

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong "suffered from mental illness, as did Robert Thomas, the boyfriend Diehl-Armstrong shot to death in 1984. Her bipolar disorder became an issue in that case as her prosecution was delayed for years until she was found mentally competent to...

March 24, 2017

In April of 2016, Ashton Pullium-Jones was involved in a shootout in downtown Erie, PA. He faced up to 17 years in state prison. 

"Police said they recovered 44 shell casings at the crime scene, which spanned two square blocks. Ballistics testing matched 25 9 mm casings from the scene to a Glock 17, from which Pullium-Jones’ fingerprints were recovered, police said."

Attorney Leonard Ambrose "asked for a minimum sentence of three years or less.

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri pushed back, calling Pullium-Jones “a scourge” in the community.

Daneri said Pullium-Jones is a member of “one of the gangs that we know exist in this city,” Four Nation. La...

March 21, 2017

On March 22nd, 2017, Attorney Ambrose will be speaking in Erie, PA on the Bayfront to a crowded room of local lawyers. He hopes to inspire some of them to expend a little more mental perspiration in their efforts to defend the helpless in criminal court. 

In furtherance of that goal, he will be lecturing on the importance of cross-examination and the necessity of an extensive investigation of your adversary on the stand. Specifically, he will be touching on the use of Penn. Rule of Evidence 608(b) and how to use it similarly to Fed. Rule of Evidence 608 (b) in the destruction of witness credibility. Attorney Ambrose's personal cross-examination tra...

January 6, 2017

For a number of years, stock traders and lawyers in the U.S. all believed that the law concerning insider trading was murky at best. No one knew exactly what was or wasn't legal. 

On December 6th, 2016, the Supreme Court stated that it easily settled this dilemma.

It was never doubted that a trader who paid cash to an insider for privileged information was engaging in criminal activity and would face prison. BUT, what about the trader who went golfing with his buddies and got a tip from one of them as a gift?

In a unanimous decision, with an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., the Supreme Court declared that it is in fact illegal to get insider informat...

December 14, 2016

"An Erie man accused by area drug investigators of possessing the synthetic drug "bath salts" that investigators found in three separate investigations in late 2015 was sentenced on Wednesday to a county prison term on his no-contest pleas to charges in the cases.

Erie County Judge John Garhart sentenced 21-year-old Zachary J. Hickoff to serve 11½ to 23 months in the Erie County Prison, followed by eight years of probation, for pleading no contest in late October to felony counts of possession with intent to deliver in two of the cases and to a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance in the third case.

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State police and county drug...

November 16, 2016

Attorney Ambrose spoke to the Northwestern Pennsylvania Branch of the American Inns of Court. His presentation was to judges and lawyers from the entire Northwestern, PA area. His topic was on "Cross-Examination: Effective Preparation Through Execution."

September 15, 2016

"A Florida businessman who submitted fake invoices to help a hotel owner collect $16 million from two now-defunct banks will spend six months in prison after an Illinois federal judge on Thursday rejected the government’s request for a three-year sentence.


Steve Lewis pled guilty in October 2014 to helping Atul Bisaria secure construction loans from Mutual Bank and Broadway Bank for renovations never performed on hotels in Cincinnati and Boca Raton, which were owned by Bisaria.


Though the government requested that Lewis spend between 41 and 51 months in prison for the crime, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee said six months in a low-security federal pris...

August 31, 2016

"One of the biggest cases of Erie County Judge Domitrovich's career is over -- the ethics case against her.

The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has unanimously dismissed the disciplinary complaint against Domitrovich, the respondent in the case. The court found she complied with its new Judicial Diversion Program designed to mentor jurists to improve their behavior on the bench.

. . . 

'I am pleased with the outcome,' said her lead lawyer, Leonard Ambrose. 'I was very confident from the beginning that we would prevail.'"

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June 30, 2016

"A Titusville area doctor has been given one year of probation through Crawford County Court of Common Pleas for failing to keep proper records in writing prescriptions in 2014 for a painkilling drug for a man who wasn’t his patient.

Dr. William Sonnenberg, 62, of 310 W. Spruce St., Titusville, a family medicine physician with a practice in Titusville, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Mark Stevens to 12 months probation and ordered him to pay a $250 administrative fee and $953 in court costs plus a $45 per month supervision fee as part of Sonnenberg's acceptance into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, according to court records."

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June 3, 2016

Leonard G. Ambrose spoke to a crowded, standing room only, room of lawyers at the 33rd annual PBI Criminal Law Symposium. His topic was, "The Psychological Techniques of Persuasion From Opening Statement to Closing Argument." It took place in the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, PA, and is the largest symposium of its kind in all of Pennsylvania. 

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