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Systemic racism still festering inside city’s courts, Black judges say during legislative hearing

BY: - December 9, 2020

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 […]

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Trump spent four years hammering the courts. Pa. judges showed the independent judiciary is alive and well | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 30, 2020

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

BY: - August 18, 2020

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

BY: - August 12, 2020

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.

Free-speech advocate challenges new state anti-bias rule

BY: - August 12, 2020

A federal lawsuit seeks to invalidate an LGBT-inclusive anti-bias rule in Pa. that bars attorneys from manifesting bias or prejudice when practicing law.

How Pa. courts are handling cases of animal abuse | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 27, 2020

Now, new data from PA Courts InfoShare, a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), allows us to see the number of cases, statewide, by county and other information about animal abuse in Pennsylvania. 

Alito orders Wolf to respond to business shutdown lawsuit

BY: - May 1, 2020

According to media reports, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has ordered Wolf respond to the petition, brought by a trio  of businesses across the commonwealth that included a  real estate agent, a golf course and a laundromat — as well as a suburban Pittsburgh GOP state House hopeful.

An election guide, a prayer controversy and an ice cream trail: These are your Top 5 most-read stories of 2019

BY: - December 30, 2019

Thanks to the magic of web analytics, here are your Top Five most-read stories of 2019. Thanks for all your support this year. See you in 2020.

Criminal sentences are down in PA, and three more takeaways from an annual report

BY: - November 27, 2019

Criminal justice reformers say it’s not all good news. Diversionary programs remain woefully underused, they say, and data show that thousands of people are going to prison for technical violations of probation.

Wolf nominates senior Senate GOP aide Crompton to fill appeals court vacancy

BY: and - November 19, 2019

His nomination appeared on an executive calendar for Tuesday, Nov. 18, and could come before a Senate committee on the same day.

Democrats, Republicans each appear set to pick up one seat on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court

BY: - November 5, 2019

Megan McCarthy King, a Republican prosecutor from Chester County, and Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Daniel McCaffery, a Democrat,  won with 26.1 percent and 25.5 percent of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial numbers from the Department of State.