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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

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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

Man charged with tossing firebomb through the Adams County courthouse window

Investigators say the recovered device was filled with liquid and matches and had a cotton sock for a wick.
By The Associated Press

GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority court

Final approval of the constitutional change could land in front of voters on the May 2021 primary ballot.
By The Associated Press