Gideon at 60: SCOTUS ruling reinforces need for competent public criminal defense | Matthew Mangino

BY: - March 26, 2023

Their rights are our rights—a buffer between rogues, zealots, and demagogues.

Despite plaintiffs’ claims that medication abortion is dangerous, data from more than two decades of mifepristone uses indicate a generally low rate of adverse events and few deaths, according to the FDA. (Getty Images)

What plaintiffs targeting abortion pill want might not even be possible

BY: - March 21, 2023

Despite the plaintiffs’ claims that medication abortion is dangerous, there is ample evidence of its efficacy and safety.


Pennsylvania must fulfill the constitutional guarantee of adequate representation | Opinion

BY: - March 16, 2023

Pa. is one of only two states in the nation that provide essentially no funding for its public defenders.

The FDA approved mifepristone under the brand-name Mifeprex in 2000, and an abortion-drug regimen that has seen few deaths and a low rate of adverse events in more than two decades of use.  (Peter Dazeley/GettyImages)

How the judge who could ban the abortion pill won confirmation in the U.S. Senate

BY: - March 1, 2023

Trump appointee Matthew Joseph Kacsmaryk once worked at a conservative religious liberty legal organization.


It’s time to stop warehousing Pa.’s children and rethink our juvenile justice system | Opinion

BY: - December 23, 2022

Rather than spend as much as $1,000 a day to lock children up, let’s invest in them and their communities.


The one good thing about the independent state legislature theory | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - December 16, 2022

The doctrine, for all its faults, would protect the public from judicial partisanship.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Why the courts should stop Philly DA Larry Krasner’s impeachment trial | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - December 7, 2022

The effort to remove Krasner is a recall masquerading as an impeachment. And Pa., unlike other states, doesn't have recall.


Are judges ideological partisans, or impartial umpires? The answer matters | Opinion

BY: - November 2, 2022

Chief Justice John Roberts says the latter. But his already shaky analogy is even less credible now.


State courts are fielding a sky-high number of lawsuits ahead of the midterms | Analysis

BY: - October 28, 2022

Most of the election-related lawsuits now before state courts focus on fine details of election procedures. This can be a costly, time-consuming process for state courts.

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 23, 2022

By Erik Gunn On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40 percent of respondents said they approved of how the court […]

Republicans, allies have blitzed the courts with voting, election lawsuits | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 20, 2022

Half the attacks were over mail-in voting, according a new report.


Sixty years ago, ‘Florida Man’ helped defend our rights | John A. Tures

BY: - September 7, 2022

How one man really can make a difference -- and why it matters to us now.