Qualified immunity, explained. And why police reformers want to end it

BY: - June 17, 2020

in the 1960’s, the U.S. Supreme Court created a loophole, as a way to protect public servants from high-stakes lawsuits known as qualified immunity.


Philadelphia must safeguard immigrant legal services in its budget | Opinion

BY: - June 14, 2020

As an immigrant and a Black woman, our elected representatives need to remember powerful program that keeps families like mine healthy and strong.


Why precedent alone may not be enough to save Roe v. Wade | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 5, 2020

Roe could, instead, die the death of a thousand cuts through statutory restrictions, becoming irrelevant as a practical matter, without ever being overturned.

Pa. Supreme Court orders lower courts to resume more operations starting May 4

BY: - April 28, 2020

State courts have been operating, under significant restrictions since March 16. Under an order issued Tuesday, all courts "generally shall be open to conduct all court business," starting next week. But, "all in-person access and proceedings shall be strictly limited."


Here’s the danger at the heart of Trump’s meddling in the judiciary | John L. Micek

BY: - February 14, 2020

You won't know how much you'll miss a fair and impartial judiciary until it's gone. But we're learning now what it might be like.

Public sector unions face legal threats, but they’re on a ‘winning streak’

BY: - January 7, 2020

Over tthe past two years, conservative groups have filed more than a dozen lawsuits against public sector unions. The legal outlook for the challenges appears cloudy.


Calif. Supreme Court right to strike down law requiring Trump to release tax returns to get on the ballot | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - December 4, 2019

What was great about the decision was that, despite our highly partisan environment, it was rendered by a court on which a majority of the justices had been appointed by Democratic governors. 


$9 a day barely gets you a sandwich in Philly. Yet that’s what Pa. pays its jurors. It can do better | Opinion

BY: - November 3, 2019

One of the oldest, and most historically symbolic, states in the country seems to have forgotten about the people who serve jury duty.

Ex-Starbucks regional manager claims company discriminated against white employees after wrongful arrests

BY: - October 31, 2019

The former regional director for Starbucks claims she was fired because she was white less than a month after the wrongful arrests last year of two Black men at the coffee giant's Rittenhouse Square location


Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future | Opinion

BY: - September 1, 2019

The United States’ regulation of the workplace has long been an outlier among much of the world.


How the government can steal your stuff: 6 questions about civil asset forfeiture answered | Opinion

BY: - July 28, 2019

The federal government confiscated assets worth a total of about US$28 billion during the decade ending in 2016, Justice Department data indicate.


Why does the U.S. sentence people to hundreds of years in prison? | Opinion

BY: - July 23, 2019

The US is unique in its criminal punishment policies – as the recent sentencing of neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. demonstrates.