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Spotlight PA, Inquirer sue to unseal records in ex-Democratic state lawmaker’s embezzlement case

The organizations asked a federal court to unseal records related to the conviction of former state Rep. Leslie Acosta of Philadelphia, arguing there is a high burden for restricting that access.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. could become a national outlier in how it elects appellate judges. Here’s why experts are worried.

A 50-state review by Spotlight PA and Votebeat, as well as interviews with judicial and academic experts, found only two other states — Illinois and Louisiana — employ such a system, which has increased partisan campaign fights and given special interests and dark money groups more of a foothold.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

House GOP advances plan to elect Pa. judges by region; opponents say it would ‘gerrymander the court’

The bill now advances to a vote in the full House and, if it passes, will repeat the process in the Senate. Republicans command majorities in both chambers. Unlike a normal piece of legislation, it cannot be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

By Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads

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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

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