legal-issues

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Pa.’s pandemic experiment in virtual courts yielded mixed results | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 17, 2022

A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts offers three recommendations for improvements.

Reports: Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: and - February 25, 2022

If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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The Sandy Hook parents beat the gun merchants | Dick Polman

BY: - February 21, 2022

The settlement, after more than five years of litigation in the Connecticut courts, is downright historic

State judges in Pa. and beyond face growing GOP pushback against rulings in election cases

BY: - February 17, 2022

Republican officials are trying to discredit state court judges who rule against them or issue rulings they disagree with in election-related cases.

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Lawyer Robert Morris fought — sometimes physically — to free the enslaved | Michael Coard

BY: - February 15, 2022

Morris wasn't the nation's first Black lawyer -- but he left a big mark on history.

Black women in the U.S. House push for Supreme Court pick with a civil rights track record

BY: - February 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.,  is leading a coalition of Black women members of the U.S. House in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court — which he has promised — who has a track record of protecting civil rights. “The appointment of […]

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Why do Pa. courts have a say on mail-in voting? They probably shouldn’t | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - February 10, 2022

The Commonwealth Court decision striking down mail-in voting for the 2022 election is probably unconstitutional

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Appointing a Black woman to the Supreme Court is not affirmative action | Opinion

BY: - February 9, 2022

Was it affirmative action when Jewish (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan), Italian (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito) and Latina (Sonia Sotomayor) jurists were appointed? What about Clarence Thomas, a Black man?

Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

BY: - January 27, 2022

Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving the White House its first chance to name a high court nominee

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Pa. Senate bills aim to aid name changes for transgender Pennsylvanians | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 19, 2022

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A cadre of Democratic lawmakers in the state Senate are seeking their colleagues’ support for a package of bills aimed at lifting the legal barriers that they say bar LGBTQ Pennsylvanians from living as their authentic selves. In a series of ‘Dear Colleague‘ memos circulated last week, Sens. Timothy P. Kearney and Amanda […]

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Allegheny Co.’s decision to suspend trials didn’t surprise local lawyers | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 13, 2022

Lawyers say they're concerned about scheduling and the prioritization of cases, according to a published report.

A parking ticket ended with a police shooting. After 4 years, the defendant has yet to go to trial

BY: - December 11, 2021

Todd Robinson’s attorney will argue next week that he has been denied his right to a speedy trial.