Justice & The Courts

Pennsylvania musician asks U.S. Supreme Court to decide if he has to pay union dues

BY: - November 10, 2023

A Lehigh Valley percussionist has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether government-funded nonprofit workers can opt out of union dues.

Pennsylvania Democrats sweep statewide court races amid Supreme Court focus

BY: - November 8, 2023

Democrats won elections for four statewide court seats, flipping the partisan make up of the Superior Court.

McCaffery wins open seat on Pennsylvania Supreme Court

BY: - November 7, 2023

The campaigns for four openings on the statewide appellate courts have attracted millions in outside spending.

U.S. Supreme Court considers case dealing with gun rights and domestic violence

BY: - November 7, 2023

More than two dozen states, including Pennsylvania, prevent someone subject to an order in a domestic violence case from buying or possessing a gun and ammunition. 

Court blocks Pa.’s entrance into multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program

BY: - November 1, 2023

The Commonwealth Court ruled on Wednesday that Pennsylvania cannot enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state initiative to limit carbon emissions, saying it violates the state Constitution. 

Lawmakers take a bipartisan first step toward repealing Pennsylvania’s death penalty

BY: - October 31, 2023

Legislation to repeal Pennsylvania's death penalty passed out of a state House committee in what the bill's sponsor called a historic vote.

On fifth anniversary of Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, lawmakers continue push for change

BY: - October 27, 2023

Friday is the anniversary of the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead and the Jewish community reeling, struggling to find answers in the wake of one the worst anti-Semitic attacks in the nation's history.

Spending by Jeff Yass-backed PAC tops $4 million in Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

BY: - October 26, 2023

Spending by the Commonwealth Leaders Fund on behalf of Republican state Supreme Court candidate Carolyn Carluccio topped $4 million.

‘Pardon Me’ documentary aims to raise awareness about Pennsylvania’s pardon process

BY: - October 26, 2023

A pardon can remove the “civil disabilities” that come with a criminal conviction, and a new documentary is trying to reach eligible people.

Shapiro’s office reached settlement of $295,000 with woman who accused top aide of harassment

BY: - October 20, 2023

About $45,000 came from the governor’s office and $250,000 from the taxpayer-funded state Employee Liability Self Insurance Program.

Pa. law enforcement officers’ organizations are backing McCaffery for state Supreme Court

BY: - October 18, 2023

Judge Daniel McCaffery, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has received the backing of three law enforcement organizations

Legislators in 49 states ask SCOTUS to preserve access to abortion pill

BY: - October 12, 2023

A group of more than 600 Democratic legislators from 49 states have signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to overturn an appellate court decision that would roll back access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used to safely terminate early pregnancies and treat miscarriages. The list includes Pa. Rep. […]