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‘Pure politics’? Questions surround federal prosecution of Pennsylvania protesters

Nationally, the feds have made more than 300 arrests related to recent Black Lives Matter protests.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Pa. chief justice says ethics board sent him ‘letter of inquiry’

The probe apparently concerns allegations that Chief Justice Thomas Saylor may have improperly interfered in disciplinary matters involving former Justice Cynthia Baldwin.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Republicans aim at Pennsylvania’s Democratic majority court in Pennsylvania

GOP Sen. Judy Ward said overhauling the courts are about “fairness for rural parts of the state to get a fair shake” from judges from Philadelphia and Allegheny County.
By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

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COVID-19 forces some Allegheny County court office closures, but lawyers say it’s not enough

The moves come after two attorneys and two court employees who work in the courthouse were diagnosed with COVID-19.
By An-Li Herring/WESA

Amid pandemic, how long can courts delay jury trials without violating defendants’ rights?

Research shows that the longer defendants are held in jail, the more likely they are to choose not to go to trial altogether and instead, agree to plead guilty.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

‘Time Served’: Two very different ways that prisons and courts help some veterans

A new PA Post documentary looks at how some veterans get treatment instead of incarceration.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Retrial of US Catholic official delayed over virus concerns

The retrial of the only church official who has ever gone to prison in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal was delayed Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Judge throws out conviction of retired priest in abuse case

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani said Monday he believed the Rev. Hugh Lang hadn’t received a fair trial.

By The Associated Press

Federal judge: Philly courts must record bail hearings

Advocates say the ruling will shine some much-needed sunshine on what’s been a dark corner of the city’s criminal justice system.
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY