Justice & The Courts

Abuse survivors’ amendment author urges House GOP to advance the measure as a standalone bill

BY: and - January 23, 2023

The Republican author of a constitutional amendment to provide legal relief for survivors of childhood sexual abuse called on House GOP leaders on Monday to allow voters to consider the measure by itself in the May primary election. Speaking against a backdrop of partisan gridlock in the state House, Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, shared details […]

Looking to break a logjam in HBG, Pa. House speaker takes show on the road | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 23, 2023

But will it play in Pittsburgh? Panel convened by Speaker Mark Rozzi will hold a public session in the Steel City on Wednesday.

Debra Todd sworn in as first woman chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

BY: and - January 20, 2023

As the newly installed Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, I can tell you nice girls do get the corner office,’ she said.

Shapiro names top deputy Michelle Henry to finish his term in the attorney general’s office

BY: - January 20, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro has tapped a veteran prosecutor who served as his first deputy in the attorney general’s office to complete his term as Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement official. Michelle Henry joined the attorney general’s office when Shapiro took office in 2017 and served as acting attorney general since Shapiro stepped down to transition to […]

Long-serving Lehigh Co. DA Jim Martin won’t seek re-election

BY: - January 17, 2023

The Republican intends to finish term, which ends next January.

Commonwealth Court opinions on Krasner impeachment ‘create more questions than answers’

BY: - January 15, 2023

Judge Michael Wojcik said it's not the Commonwealth Court's job to decide if a Senate impeachment trial of Larry Krasner should proceed.

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Is there a statute of limitations on bad ideas? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - January 14, 2023

Pennsylvania Senate lawmakers voted 28-21 to approve a three-part constitutional amendment package that could appear on the May 2023 ballot.

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After a shot of normal, it’s back to chaos as usual in the Pa. House | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 13, 2023

The narrowly divided chamber is in disarray. Can it get back on track?

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Rozzi names panel to break impasse over vote on sexual abuse survivors amendment

BY: and - January 12, 2023

The bipartisan group is charged with breaking gridlock to allow the House to vote on legal relief for childhood sexual abuse survivors.

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House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, speaks to reporters beside a map of three vacant Allegheny County legislative districts that will be the subjects of special elections next year. (Capitol-Star photo by Peter Hall)

Harrisburg Republicans are leveraging abuse victims for political gain | Opinion

BY: - January 11, 2023

Long-delayed justice for abuse victims has become hostage to the GOP's partisan attack on voting, abortion rights.

Rozzi to appoint working group on legal relief for abuse survivors after special session stalls

BY: - January 9, 2023

‘We will be judged based on what we did for the children of this Commonwealth,’ House Speaker Mark Rozzi said.

Rozzi vows to halt all other legislation until General Assembly passes abuse survivors’ amendment

BY: - January 6, 2023

In his first act at the helm, Pennsylvania’s newly elected independent state House speaker vowed to halt all other legislative action until a constitutional amendment to provide legal relief for victims of childhood sexual assault passes both chambers of the Legislature. On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state House and Senate to convene […]