Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane is disbarred
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is losing her law license, a few months after she began a jail sentence for perjury, obstruction and other...
ACLU sues Philadelphia court magistrates over bail practices
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and several criminal justice reform groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Philadelphia court magistrates over what they say...
Suspension of ex-prosecutor’s law license recommended
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A disciplinary panel has recommended a one-year suspension of the law license of a former Pennsylvania prosecutor over accusations of improper communications with judges and creation of a false Facebook page.
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recommended Thursday that the law license of former Centre County district attorney Stacy Parks Miller be suspended for a year and a day.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man charged in the death of his 12-year-old daughter, who was shot by a constable serving eviction papers, will go on trial in a different county.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted a venue change in the trial of 60-year-old Donald Meyer, which is now scheduled to take place in July in Lycoming County.
A Perry County judge granted a defense request to move the trial due to publicity about the case.
GOP chief justice slams Republican judicial impeachment move
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court lashed out Thursday at an effort by a group of GOP state lawmakers to impeach four Democratic justices over their rulings in a congressional redistricting case, calling it "an attack upon an independent judiciary."
Chief Justice Thomas Saylor issued a two-sentence statement on the impeachment drive by 12 Republicans in the state House of Representatives.
An unconventional mix of leaders frown on new map
State Republican legislators and some Black political leaders have found themselves in a peculiar yet same space. Though their reasons are different, both sets are not in favor of the state’s new congressional map.
State lawmakers are still battling over the new congressional districts that were drawn by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Eight Republican congressmen have requested the map to be thrown out immediately, but federal court judges have declined.
WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County defense attorney has been reappointed to serve on the state’s Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee. Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, an assistant public defender, was recently reappointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve another three-year term on the committee. The committee advises the court on matters related to procedural rules for juvenile delinquency and dependency courts. Sobeski-Reedy is also treasurer of the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania, of which she has been a board member since 2012. “I am honored to be reappointed to this committee,” Sobeski-Reedy said in a statement. “They are truly a dedicated group of judges and attorneys who work hard to ensure the integrity and fairness of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice Court system.” — JAMES HALPIN
State Supreme Court Ruling A Second Win For Local Law Firm
WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling this week that held city police did not have the right to seize a vehicle from the driveway of a hit-and-run suspect without a warrant represents the second time in five months a local law firm has prevailed before the state’s highest court.
State Supreme Court rules in favor of school districts
In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Thursday overruled an earlier precedent and agreed that a lawsuit that seeks equally funded, quality education on behalf of school children and districts can move forward.
The lawsuit, William Penn School District vs. the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will now return to the Commonwealth Court for trial.