legal-issues

Pa. Supreme Court says it will investigate ‘systemic failures’ in Philly’s cash bail system

BY: - July 9, 2019

In an unusual move, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court says it plans to study “alleged systemic failures” in Philadelphia’s cash bail system. In an order issued Monday, the high court says it’s open to suggestions to improving the existing cash bail system, but “any attempt to advocate for the abolition of cash bail,” is not on […]

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With Title IX under fire, Pa.’s anti-discrimination law may provide an alternative remedy | Opinion

BY: - May 31, 2019

Sometimes all it takes is one brave victim to fight back to benefit all of us by giving the Courts an opportunity to clarify and enforce protections.

State legislators want a guaranteed opportunity to defend laws against court challenges

BY: - May 30, 2019

The bill, which passed the House in May on a near-party line vote, would let leadership in the General Assembly grant lawmakers standing in court to defend the constitutionality of laws — a decision usually handled by a judge.

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Here’s where Pa. falls short on protecting our due process rights | Opinion

BY: - May 13, 2019

This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring the idea of due process and how it intersects with state government — from legislation to investigations of state lawmakers. Have a thought? Let us know at [email protected] By Andy Hoover It’s accepted as conventional wisdom in civil liberties advocacy to avoid legal terms when communicating with people […]

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Why the IRS is legally required to give Congress Trump’s tax returns – but probably won’t | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2019

If the president is rewarded for his recalcitrance, accountability loses.

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Can prosecutors dismiss jurors who agree with the O.J. Simpson verdict? | Opinion

BY: - March 21, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is going to take up that very question.