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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

Updated: September 21, 2021 | 3:21 pm

Justices ponder victim rights amendment that’s been in limbo

The state Supreme Court justices heard oral argument regarding whether the so-called Marsy’s Law amendment should have been split into more than just one ballot question.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

In boost for environmental rights, Supreme Court rules drilling revenue from state forests must be used for conservation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation has been fighting for years to keep hundreds of millions of dollars generated by oil and gas leases in state forests from going into the state’s general fund.

By Rachel McDevitt

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Health department bears burden of pot application redactions, Pa. Supreme Court rules

Lawyers for the department had argued only the companies submitting the hundreds of pages of required documentation in the applications know what is proprietary or an issue of security.

By The Associated Press

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

Renee Rice sued in 2016, but the court majority said that was too late under the Pennsylvania statute of limitations.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: June 30, 2021 | 5:04 pm

Bill Cosby freed from prison, his sex conviction overturned

The state Supreme Court said Wednesday that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby.

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Former Pennsylvania high court justice Zappala Sr. dies

While serving on the state’s highest court, he initiated, developed and fully integrated “the largest court automation system of its type in the country.”

By The Associated Press

Updated: May 3, 2021 | 5:56 pm

Pa. Supreme Court picks former Pitt chancellor to chair powerful redistricting commission

Mark Nordenberg, the third former law professor to hold the position, was selected by the court after the legislature’s four caucus leaders deadlocked on a decision.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Updated: April 30, 2021 | 6:19 pm

Pa. Supreme Court will pick chair of powerful state redistricting panel

The decision was handed to the majority-Democrat court after the top leaders in the House and Senate failed to reach a bipartisan agreement.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA