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Some Pennsylvania courts are excluding probation officers from requirements under police misconduct law

The decision further undermines the effectiveness of a program once lauded as a national model and championed by Gov. Josh Shapiro when he was attorney general.
By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Pa. court system says it’s not responsible for county judges banning opioid addiction medication

A federal lawsuit alleges the Pennsylvania court system discriminated against people with opioid use disorder, raising questions about who is responsible for decisions made by local judges.

By Ed Mahon

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Jury trials increase in Philadelphia to help eliminate 34,000 case backlog

Last week 1,130 cases were closed in the courts, compared to just over 807 before the pandemic.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Transgender women with felony past fight name change rules

Similar efforts have been underway in other states, with varying degrees of success.

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania high court OKs ‘comfort dogs’ for witnesses

Judges can limit any potential prejudice to a defendant by blocking jurors’ view of the dog and giving appropriate jury instructions, the court said.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

US appeals court revives lawsuit over gun club restrictions

An appeals court says a Pennsylvania federal judge shouldn’t have thrown out a legal challenge to township zoning rules that restricted operations at a gun range near Pittsburgh and limited “sportsman’s clubs” to nonprofit entities.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: 2021-08-03 16:51:00

State College roadwork firm to pay $20M in workers’ retirement theft case

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. has agreed to have a court-appointed corporate monitor perform oversight, including of the process of returning the money to 1,267 victims.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press