Criminal Defense Attorney Demetra Mehta Quoted on Cosby Case by Associated Press

The Associated Press recently posted an article on the upcoming sentencing in the case of Commonwealth v. William Cosby. Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer Demetra Mehta was quoted in the article for an analysis of Pennsylvania’s contested Sexually Violent Predator law and the impact of that law on the sentencing proceedings.

Defense lawyers say the state’s latest sex-reporting law, despite several revisions, remains unconstitutional.

“It’s the modern-day version of a scarlet letter,” said lawyer Demetra Mehta, a former Philadelphia public defender, “which I think is sort of an interesting philosophical issue at this time with the #MeToo movement, but also criminal justice reform.”

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“This is going to probably be a very important case for sex-offender law when it’s up on appeal,” Mehta said. “It’s an area of law that is just sort of unsettled right now. . There’s a lot up on appeal, but there’s not a lot decided.”
— Demetra Mehta
 Criminal Defense Lawyer Demetra Mehta

Criminal Defense Lawyer Demetra Mehta

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