Legal Links – September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015

On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

1.  Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage Stance. An Ashland, Kentucky clerk responsible for issuing marriage licenses chooses jail over doing her job in the way required by federal law. The debate over the definitions of marriage, religious freedom and bigotry is far from over.

Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz have pledged to stand behind Kim Davis on their Twitter accounts and have each started web petitions to free Kim Davis: and Stand With Kim Davis.

2.  The Small Business and Startup Guide. Kelly Phillips Erb, also known as @taxgirl, has an excellent series of articles on Forbes discussing common issues for small businesses and startups, from formation to employee benefits to filing and paying taxes.

We’ve also got some great resources for starting a business – check out our Business Law category.

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3.  Arts and Crafts. This weekend, you have the opportunity to attend one of the top fine art and craft shows in America at the Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival, which also features live music and great food. The Festival will be open today and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and has Sunday hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you’re not attending the festival you may want to avoid Harrisburg Pike by Long’s Park. Although the backup may not be as significant as the one generated by the Sertoma Chicken BBQ or the 4th of July celebration, it will be a noteworthy traffic event.

4.  Law Review – Superior Court Denies Relief to Drunk Driver. The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently upheld a 19 1/4 to 38 year prison sentence for a Lancaster man who was charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in a fatal accident in 2014. Read more about the decision here.

At the time, it was the longest sentence for DUI and vehicular homicide in Lancaster, which has since been eclipsed with a 2015 sentence of 20 to 50 years.

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend – it’s your last opportunity of the season to wear white. Or is it? Please submit topics or community events for future Legal Links to