Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro: The Catholic church is ‘incapable of policing itself,’ as abuse scandal continues

BY: - March 31, 2019

A little more than two years into his first term, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has hardly been idle. The Montgomery County Democrat gained national — and international — attention last year with the bombshell release of a grand jury report detailing years of child sexual abuse, and a subsequent cover-up, by six of Pennsylvania’s […]

ACLU asks Pa. Supreme Court to declare the death penalty unconstitutional

BY: - February 22, 2019

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the state’s highest court to declare the Keystone State’s death penalty statute unconstitutional, arguing that it violates equal protection provisions because of “the vast disparities across the commonwealth in the quality of representation for capital case defendants who are unable to pay.” Right now, […]


Another flawed case: Pa’s death penalty is broken and lawmakers need to abolish it | John L. Micek

BY: - February 20, 2019

(*Updated: The headline for this story has been updated to accurately reflect that, while Orlando Maisonet’s death sentence has been vacated, he has not yet been exonerated) Why does Pennsylvania even bother having a death penalty anymore? There’s another reason to ask that question this week with news that, because of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective […]