Criminal Justice

Pa. Attorney General Shapiro sues Purdue Pharma for ‘deceptive’ tactics selling OxyContin

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro took the fight against opioid abuse to one of the nation's biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers Tuesday, charging that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, conducted a "relentless campaign of...

‘Well intentioned but impossible:’ Why critics say Marsy’s Law will undermine the rights of...

The constitutional amendment pins crime victims rights against the rights of the accused.

Here’s where Pa. falls short on protecting our due process rights | Opinion

This week on the Capital-Star, we're exploring the idea of due process and how it intersects with state government — from legislation to investigations of state lawmakers. Have a thought? Let us know at...

‘This can never happen again:’ At Capitol rally, activists push for bill criminalizing ‘sextortion’

The bill would address a shortcoming in state law that now allows these cases to fall through the legal cracks, supporters argued Tuesday.

Armed school officers and security will get additional training under Senate bill

The devil is in the details, as a state Senate committee hearing demonstrated Tuesday.

Daryl Metcalfe wants to impeach Pittsburgh’s mayor over guns. House leadership isn’t interested

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said Mayor Bill Peduto “brazenly” violated the state Constitution when he signed gun control bills.

Tell your lawmakers to reject these bills gutting local gun-control ordinances | Opinion

The only winners here are lawyers for the gun lobby, who even now are soliciting plaintiffs and donations to cover the costs of suing Pennsylvania towns.
Sen. Tom Killion, sponsor of Senate Bill 501.

A program that keeps people with addiction out of prison is ‘extremely underused.’ A...

The bills, which have the support of Gov. Tom Wolf, now go to the full Senate for a vote.

Poway Synagogue Shooting: How safe is your house of worship? | Analysis

A national survey of over 1,300 congregations found that, like the synagogue in San Diego, most synagogues, churches, and mosques don't have security guards. Religious leaders struggle to balance security concerns with carrying out a mission to be open to the communities they serve.