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Victim rights amendment, on hold since vote, heads to court

Commonwealth Court this week said a full panel of the court will hear oral argument in March about the so-called Marsy’s Law ballot question.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Pa. voters approve Marsy’s Law by wide margin, but legal challenge could block it

It could take a year or longer to resolve whether victims’ rights measure is constitutional
By Katie Meyer

State Supreme Court confirms, Marsy’s Law votes won’t be certified

Voters can cast ballots on the proposed amendment, but the state won’t do an official count until courts decide whether the victims’ rights proposal is constitutional.
By Katie Meyer

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Episode 50: The Marsy’s Law twists continue

An update on the legislature’s recent actions, and the latest on a contentious amendment.
By Katie Meyer

Updated: October 31, 2019 | 6:21 pm

Appeal seeks to overturn victims’ rights referendum decision

A spokeswoman says her agency disagrees with the ruling on procedural and substantive grounds.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

In unprecedented move, judge blocks Marsy’s Law ballots from being counted—for now

The ACLU and other groups had argued the victims’ rights constitutional amendment is too broad and could compromise the rights of the accused. The judge agreed.
By Katie Meyer

Ballot question, judge races highlight state’s Nov. 5 voting

The highest profile local race is Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s bid for a second term.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: November 5, 2019 | 8:40 am

Marsy’s Law explained

Pennsylvania’s legislature passed the proposed amendment by wide margins, but it still faces organized opposition.

By Katie Meyer

Is Marsy’s Law constitutional? A judge will make the first decision soon. 

Opponents of the victims’ rights amendment say it’s too broad and would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the accused. Marsy’s Law backers firmly disagree.
By Katie Meyer

Judge to rule soon on victim rights referendum vote counting

A Pennsylvania judge expects to rule quickly about whether votes for and against a victims’ rights constitutional amendment ballot question will be counted and certified next month, as a legal challenge continues.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press
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