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Pa. Supreme Court overturns Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, freeing him from prison

BY: - June 30, 2021

After spending three years behind bars, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the sexual conviction of comedian and actor Bill Cosby. In its ruling, the state’s highest court said former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor’s decision not to charge Cosby in 2005, freeing Cosby to testify in a subsequent civil suit without his […]

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Those constitutional amendments were aimed at the Pa. Supreme Court as much as they were at Wolf | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 26, 2021

The state Supreme Court, not the executive, is the branch of government that is out of control.

Legislative reapportionment panel deadlocks on 5th member; sends decision to Pa. Supreme Court

BY: - April 30, 2021

The panel sent a letter to the high court on Friday afternoon, which now has until May 30 to pick a chairman who can expect to spend a lot of time expect breaking ties among the commission's partisan members.

What you need to know about Pa.’s 2021 statewide judicial races

BY: - April 27, 2021

Registered Democrats and Republicans across the commonwealth will also have a vote to fill four open seats on all three of the state’s appellate courts.

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.

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Lawmakers, Wolf need to clarify Pa.’s mail-in voting law before 2022 | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - March 9, 2021

One thing we know: We don’t want another round of post-election litigation in 2022, like the long list of cases that were filed in 2020.

Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, who is retiring at year’s end, sets departure plan

BY: - March 1, 2021

Justice Max Baer, of Allegheny County, will take over as chief justice on April 1.

With one Supreme Court seat up for grabs, Pa.’s 2021 judicial elections start to take shape

BY: - February 12, 2021

Two incumbent state appellate court judges won their parties’ endorsement this week to fill an open spot on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Election season court fights have cost Pa. taxpayers nearly $4M and counting

BY: and - January 31, 2021

Lawyers who netted lucrative contracts with the state include the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party; an attorney who defended a former Senate leader against federal corruption charges, and even Kentucky’s top elections official, who moonlights as a private attorney.

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Pa. Senate Republicans need to seat Sen. Jim Brewster | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - January 11, 2021

Republicans are hardly standing on principle in the Brewster matter. Ziccarelli is seeking to disenfranchise ordinary Pennsylvania voters because they made an innocent mistake.

Pa. Supreme Court throws out GOP challenge to 2.5M mail-in ballots, report

BY: - November 29, 2020

Dealing them their second legal defeat of the weekend, Pennsylvania’s highest court has thrown out a Trump campaign-aligned challenge to the state’s effort to certify mail-in ballots, according to a published report. On Saturday, the state Supreme Court unanimously overruled a lower court’s order blocking the certification, arguing that the underlying lawsuit was filed months […]

Pa. Supreme Court hands Trump another setback, rules ballots can be counted even if voter didn’t completely fill out the envelope, report

BY: - November 23, 2020

Mail-in ballots cast in Pennsylvania’s presidential election can be counted even if a voter didn’t completely fill out the envelope, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday, dealing President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign another legals setback, according to a published report. The high court’s ruling “knocked down multiple lawsuits that the Trump campaign had been pursuing […]