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Professor Authors Book on Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure

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Posted: Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

Jan. 16, 2013

Dr. Bruce A. Antkowiak, Saint Vincent College professor of law, legal counsel and director of the Criminology, Law and Society program, is the author of the Third Edition of Criminal Procedure in Pennsylvania: Elements, Analysis and Application, which has been published as a two-volume set.

In the foreword, Linda L. Kelly, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, comments: “In 1935, United States Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland wrote the now iconic opinion in the case of Berger v. United States1 in which he famously defined the role of the prosecutor as “a servant of the law” and, even more importantly, emphasized that the twofold aim of the law is “that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.” Justice Sutherland’s words capture the spirit of the law’s commitment to fair play and it’s intolerance of wrongful convictions, and eloquently reminds all lawyers that they are required to play by the rules. While lawyers are expected to advocate vigorously and skillfully on behalf of the parties they represent, they remain bound to the core principles of fairness and due process which form the bedrock of our system of jurisprudence. These ideals are achieved only through the procedures which have been developed and refined during the course of the evolution of our legal system, and which form the bridge between those ideals and the real life events that are played out daily in our courtrooms.”

“Bruce Antkowiak’s latest edition of Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure: Elements, Analysis and Application once again recognizes the elemental connection between the noble ideals which form the basis of our legal system and the rules and procedures which implement those ideals and allow justice to be served,” she continues. “Professor Antkowiak is a renowned legal scholar who has served as a federal prosecutor, worked in the private practice of law, and taught constitutional law, criminal law and numerous other courses at Duquesne University School of Law and Saint Vincent College. His hands-on experience as a trial lawyer and an academician is reflected throughout the pages of this work in both its scholarly teachings and practical application. This is a book for practitioners, both experienced and newly sworn. It teaches both the guiding principles of our legal system and the procedures for implementation of those principles, while reminding us of the legacy of those who were instrumental in forming that system, and our continuing obligation to preserve that legacy. Professor Antkowiak has given us a cutting edge, insightful and practical treatise on Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure, and an invaluable resource for lawyers who practice in the courts of the Commonwealth.”

In addition to this major treatise on Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure, he also serves as the editor and principal author of the Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Jury Instructions – Criminal, and has published 11 law review articles in various journals across the United States.

He has been recognized with an honorary doctor of laws degree from Saint Vincent College where he served as commencement speaker in 2011.

Over his more than three decades as a practicing lawyer, Antkowiak has served as assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as a private practitioner concentrating his practice in the area of criminal defense in state and federal courts.

He has tried a multitude of cases including homicides, white collar crime and narcotics-related offenses. His appellate work includes numerous appearances before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts.

Copies of the publication may be reviewed in the Latimer Family Library at Saint Vincent.

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Photo: Dr. Bruce Antkowiak 

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