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John Burkoff Comments on Penn Township Man's Flight Risk

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March 25, 2014

Professor John Burkoff was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on the death by drowning in Jamaica of a man awaiting trial on homicide charges in Pennsylvania. Burkoff questioned why he was allowed to travel outside the United States while serious charges were pending. There are no automatic restrictions imposed under state law in such cases, he said. “It's a surprise to me he was allowed out of the country,” Burkoff added. “It's unusual. Maybe the judge thought he wasn't a flight risk.”

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