The Juvenile Justice Task Force report gave us a roadmap to reform. Now it’s up to lawmakers to finish the job | Opinion
The recommendations fall short of transformational, but they are true step forward toward badly needed reforms.
States, including Pa., pick judges very differently from U.S. Supreme Court appointments | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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, […]
Pa. appeals court dismissed GOP lawmaker suit challenging presidential results as state meets safe harbor deadline
The lawsuit is one of a number brought against Pennsylvania’s election results, which show an 80,000-plus vote lead for Democrat Joe Biden against Republican President Donald Trump.
Systemic racism still festering inside city’s courts, Black judges say during legislative hearing
By Michael D’Onofrio Legislators unloaded on the leaders of the city’s court system Monday for their absence from a hearing on a bombshell report that detailed a “troubling pattern of racial resentment” and nepotism in the courts. Court of Common Pleas President Judge Idee C. Fox drew the ire of legislators for her refusal to […]
Trump spent four years hammering the courts. Pa. judges showed the independent judiciary is alive and well | Monday Morning Coffee
John Roberts was right: There are no Obama, Clinton or Bush judges. They're just judges who think the Trump campaign has no case for fraud.
Pa. Court issues unfavorable name-change ruling for trans litigants
A name change is critical and life-affirming for trans individuals. But a state law prohibits those with certain convictions from changing their names.
Western Pa. judge who used racial slurs, inappropriate comments charged with violating judicial code of conduct
In the complaint, the board alleges that Fifth District Judge Mark V. Tranquilli undermined “both public confidence in the judiciary and its reputation” and called for Tranquilli’s interim suspension during the case.