House Democratic Policy Committee to hold briefing about “The Vanishing Trial” Thursday in Capitol

HARRISBURG, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public briefing on “The Vanishing Trial” film and the implications of Pennsylvania’s harsh sentencing laws on plea bargaining and trials.

The briefing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at

Requested by state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, the briefing will feature a showing of “The Vanishing Trial” and testimony from policy experts. Presenters will speak remotely while committee members will participate in person and remotely.

Speakers will include: 

  • K. Celeste Trusty, Pennsylvania state policy director, FAMM.
  • Marirosa Lamas, former superintendent, SCI-Chester.
  • Chester Hollman, legal assistant, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project.
  • Nyssa Taylor, criminal justice policy counsel, ACLU-PA.

Following the briefing, testimonies and full briefing video will be posted at