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Lack of emergency order or regulation doomed mask mandate

The state Supreme Court is just now releasing its rationale for why it ruled that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration had no legal authority to require masks in Pennsylvania’s schools and child care centers, even amid a pandemic and surging cases of COVID-19.

By The Associated Press

Pennsylvania high court throws out mask mandate for schools

Pennsylvania schoolchildren may soon be attending classes unmasked under a state Supreme Court ruling throwing out the Wolf administration’s statewide mandate that face coverings be worn inside K-12 school buildings.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Court to decide if Pennsylvania schools’ mask order is legal

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam imposed the school masking mandate as COVID-19 cases were increasing and amid concerns about the surge of the delta variant.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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Supreme Court hears arguments over Pennsylvania’s deadly force rules for cops

Current state law says police officers attempting to arrest someone can use deadly force in order to prevent death or serious injury to themselves or others.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Court sides with expelled student over memes deemed a threat

Pennsylvania’s high court says district administrators overreached when they permanently expelled a 17-year-old high school student for sending Snapchat messages that referred to another student as a potential school shooter.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Election 2021 Recap: GOP nets Pa. Supreme Court seat; Pittsburgh gets 1st Black mayor

Amid light turnout around the state, Republican Kevin Brobson beat Democrat Maria McLaughlin to serve a 10-year term on Pennsylvania’s highest court.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press and Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Republican Kevin Brobson wins seat on Pennsylvania Supreme Court as GOP appears poised to sweep appellate races

The race between Democrat Maria McLaughlin and Republican Kevin Brobson was marked by big campaign spending and negative ads.

By Danielle Ohl/Spotlight PA and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Updated: October 25, 2021 | 5:00 am

Spending in Pennsylvania’s high court race blows past $5 million

Reports filed with the state Friday show that most of it, or roughly $3 million, has been spent to help Republican Kevin Brobson.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Updated: October 20, 2021 | 1:03 pm

Court breathes new life into Harrisburg gun laws challenge

The majority opinion said the plaintiffs do not have to wait until they are charged with violating the ordinances before challenging them on constitutional grounds.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press