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COMMONWEALTH vs GEORGE HOPKINS 10-23-19

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6 minutes ago, JimF-LowBari said:

IIRC the case will be tried in Lehigh County (Allentown’s county)? For non PA’ers that’s the SE corner that’s taken the brunt of coronavirus so far. Don’t expect any action for quite a while.

Dare I predict that Drum Corps camps for the 2021 season will be well under way before we see GH go in trial?  

Unless he makes a plea deal.

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34 minutes ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

They are releasing non-violent offenders who have completed at least part of their sentences first.

GH is accused of Sexual Assault.  This is a violent crime.  If convicted, he will not be assigned to a minimum security facility.

In addition, when it comes to "normal" parole, one big factor the parole board looks at is 'has the convict admitted his crimes & is repentant?'  So GH would also have to get over that (mental) hurdle as well. (I also understand that at this point he has pled 'not guilty', and is considered innocent until proven guilty.  But if convicted, he is by definition been proven guilty; at some time after that he would first meet the parole board).

Also, the Covid-19 outbreak will likely wreak havoc on the court schedule - so it may be a while before GH sees his day in court.  And no one knows what the Covid & Convicts (that has a nice ring to it) situation will be at that point.

It is also possible that he accepts the plea deal that has been offered.  But we won't know that until the next court date (currently listed as 16 April; suspect that will change) at the earliest.  I cannot imagine that in this day & age a plea deal for Sexual Assault would not include prison time, but I have been surprised in the past.

 

I can see it now.  "Covid & Convicts Cruise 2020" host by Carnival Cruise Line sponsored by the FY 2020 Federal Stimulus Package.  

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1 hour ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

They are releasing non-violent offenders who have completed at least part of their sentences first.

GH is accused of Sexual Assault.  This is a violent crime.  If convicted, he will not be assigned to a minimum security facility.

In addition, when it comes to "normal" parole, one big factor the parole board looks at is 'has the convict admitted his crimes & is repentant?'  So GH would also have to get over that (mental) hurdle as well. (I also understand that at this point he has pled 'not guilty', and is considered innocent until proven guilty.  But if convicted, he is by definition been proven guilty; at some time after that he would first meet the parole board).

Also, the Covid-19 outbreak will likely wreak havoc on the court schedule - so it may be a while before GH sees his day in court.  And no one knows what the Covid & Convicts (that has a nice ring to it) situation will be at that point.

It is also possible that he accepts the plea deal that has been offered.  But we won't know that until the next court date (currently listed as 16 April; suspect that will change) at the earliest.  I cannot imagine that in this day & age a plea deal for Sexual Assault would not include prison time, but I have been surprised in the past.

I agree with every word you say here.

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13 minutes ago, keystone3ply said:

#NeverForget  --  So it looks like the Status Conference is still on for this Thursday, April 16th @1:30pm inCourtroom 5A? 

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Doubt it, can’t find for sure but Lehigh County has 4th highest number of cases in PA. That’s out of 67 counties...

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2 minutes ago, JimF-LowBari said:

Doubt it, can’t find for sure but Lehigh County has 4th highest number of cases in PA. That’s out of 67 counties...

So the court system may still be shut down?  That's probably a good idea to remain closed until...

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Just now, keystone3ply said:

So the court system may still be shut down?  That's probably a good idea to remain closed until...

Not totally sure. Early on they closed the Harrisburg building because a guard had  coronavirus. Still looking...

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3 minutes ago, JimF-LowBari said:

Not totally sure. Early on they closed the Harrisburg building because a guard had  coronavirus. Still looking...

I found this on their home page.  Closed thru May 1st:

https://www.lccpa.org

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1 minute ago, keystone3ply said:

I found this on their home page.  Closed thru May 1st:

https://www.lccpa.org

Thanks I kept going to the federal courts apparently. 

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