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  • U.S. appeals court overturns conviction for Montco woman serving a 21-year sentence for friend’s overdose death

    Philadelphia Inquirer - 06/03/2021

    “At the same time as public health officials are encouraging people not to use alone, prosecutors are applying the opposite pressure and creating situations where people are more likely to be using alone,” said Leo Beletsky, a law and health sciences professor at Northeastern University who signed a friend-of-the-court brief in Semler’s case. “If the idea behind the prosecution is to teach a lesson that people shouldn’t abandon the scene of an overdose, then pursuing a prosecution such as this sends exactly the opposite message.”

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