Good gov’t advocates, voters request to join lawsuit to block Senate election investigation
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the state chapters of Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and Make the Road, as well as eight voters, to join Attorney General Josh Shapiro's lawsuit against Senate Republicans.
Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments over crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether the Marsy’s Law amendment, which appeared on the 2019 general election ballot, should have been presented in separate questions.
Pa. Republicans eyeing tighter voter ID requirements to meet wall of Wolf veto
This difference between what Republicans want, and what Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf might eventually sign, will animate the next three months of negotiations
State court rules against certifying crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law, appeal pending
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday invalidated more than 2 million votes cast on Marsy’s Law, a ballot measure that aimed to strengthen the rights of crime victims that overwhelmingly passed in 2019, claiming the measure was unconstitutionally presented to the state’s voters. The ruling, agreed to by three judges of the state Commonwealth Court, […]
ACLU lawsuit alleges State Police acted as immigration enforcement during traffic stops
Ten state motorists are suing the Pennsylvania State Police for alleged racial profiling and enforcing federal immigration law without a criminal warrant. The allegations stem from five separate incidents beginning in early 2017, some including U.S. citizens. The plaintiffs, who are Latinx, contend they were asked to show proof of citizenship during routine interactions with […]
How one Republican lawmaker is trying to balance gun rights and due process in Pennsylvania
The state ACLU has gone from opposed to neutral on a propose "red flag law."
How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims
The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.
Mental health services decline in schools as police presence grows: report
Students in 2019 are more stressed and anxious than ever before, but new research suggests they're not getting the mental health services they need in school.
New Pa. State Police policy that limits cooperation with ICE angers GOP lawmakers
A new Pennsylvania State Police policy that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities drew the ire of House Republicans during a Monday budget hearing. The rules, dated Jan. 30, prohibit state troopers from holding people suspected of being undocumented at the request of federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. It also prevents officers from asking for ID solely […]
Legal mail policy at Pennsylvania prisons will be revised under settlement
A controversial policy on copying and storing legal mail at Pennsylvania prisons will be revised under a nearly finished settlement between groups that advocate for incarcerated persons and the state Corrections department. In a Friday press release, the Department of Corrections said it will implement a new policy by April 6 that allows incarcerated persons […]
Wedded miss: Why there’s still confusion around online-ordained ministers in Pennsylvania
Lori Prashker-Thomas presided over her first wedding in 2013. Friends in Salt Lake City, Utah were having a hard time finding a rabbi willing to officiate their same-sex marriage. They asked Prashker-Thomas, who is Jewish, if she would do the honor. Prashker-Thomas wasn’t a member of the clergy or a religious leader, so she went […]
Attorneys say state prison policy on legal mail has stymied communication with clients
A lengthy back-and-forth on copiers and paper jams isn’t the most compelling courtroom drama, but it gets to the heart of a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and its new legal mail policy. After a statewide prison lockdown last fall, the Department of Corrections instituted sweeping changes designed to keep drugs out of its […]