pa-courts

Prison guards’ lawsuit against Wolf admin’s vax policy thrown out

BY: - October 15, 2021

A state appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine-or-test requirement for prison guards, among thousands of other state employees in congregate settings. In a Sept. 28 decision, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court dismissed the challenge, brought by the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association, which represents 11,000 prison workers, […]

2021 judicial candidates for Pa. appellate courts make their pitches to voters

BY: - September 21, 2021

The candidates — four Democrats and four Republicans — are competing to fill four open seats in statewide elections. If elected, they will serve a ten-year term.

14 House Republicans file lawsuit to strike down Pa.’s vote-by mail law. 11 voted for it

BY: - September 2, 2021

Fourteen Pennsylvania House Republicans filed a new lawsuit this week alleging that the state’s vote-by-mail law, which was passed with near-unanimous Republican support in 2019, is unconstitutional. The 34-page suit filed in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday night asks for the state court to declare the law unconstitutional, and prevent the state from issuing mail-in ballots […]

Pa. Sen. Saval, Gov. Wolf, call on Pa. Supreme Court to halt evictions

BY: - August 27, 2021

A progressive, first-term state senator has called for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt evictions in the commonwealth, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal moratorium Thursday evening on landlords removing tenants from their homes during the pandemic. State Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, said in a statement Friday afternoon that replacing the federal […]

The wrong font, misplaced staples leads to unusual court rebuke of Pa. teachers’ pension fund

BY: - August 26, 2021

“I have never seen it before,” Duquesne University law professor, and state court watcher, Bruce Ledewitz said. “That could be because lawyers comply with the rules.”

COMMENTARY

The Juvenile Justice Task Force report gave us a roadmap to reform. Now it’s up to lawmakers to finish the job | Opinion

BY: - June 27, 2021

The recommendations fall short of transformational, but they are true step forward toward badly needed reforms.

COMMENTARY

States, including Pa., pick judges very differently from U.S. Supreme Court appointments | Opinion

BY: - May 11, 2021

What can the politically fraught U.S. Supreme Court learn from the way that states select their judges?

Plastic bag preemption suit takes aim at long time Harrisburg dealmaking mechanism

BY: - April 19, 2021

A legal challenge filed by Pennsylvania local governments to eliminate a state law blocking them from regulating single-use plastics could also threaten Harrisburg dealmaking as we know it. The suit, filed in Commonwealth Court in March by the cities of Philadelphia and West Chester, the township of Lower Merion, and the borough of Narberth, argues […]

Eight Democrats, six Republicans file to run for Pa.’s state appellate court bench

BY: - March 10, 2021

Pennsylvania voters will have to whittle down 14 judicial candidates to eight party nominees this May to fill four open seats on the state's appellate bench.

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler talks misinformation, amendments and marijuana

BY: - March 9, 2021

The Capital-Star spoke with House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, recently. Among the youngest people to oversee the Pennsylvania House, the upcoming two years will be his first full session as the Republican-controlled chamber’s presiding officer.

Pa. House GOP pushes measure to restrict Wolf emergency response, remake judiciary

BY: - January 13, 2021

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House advanced two constitutional amendments Tuesday that would address their long simmering balance of power grievances.

State court rules against certifying crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law, appeal pending

BY: and - January 7, 2021

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday invalidated more than 2 million votes cast on Marsy’s Law, a ballot measure that aimed to strengthen the rights of crime victims that overwhelmingly passed in 2019, claiming the measure was unconstitutionally presented to the state’s voters. The ruling, agreed to by three judges of the state Commonwealth Court, […]