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Pa. courts may avoid definitive ruling in legal fight over governor’s emergency powers

While both governor and legislature want quick action, judiciary likely to proceed deliberately
By Benjamin Pontz

Secrecy, deal-making rule in process to pick Pa.’s interim judges

Gov. Wolf's nomination of a top GOP aide for a coveted judgeship is renewing scrutiny on a process mostly hidden from the public
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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

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

UPMC hearing gives glimpse into bitter Highmark feud

Two days, three witnesses and hundreds of pages of exhibits all boil down to one question: Did UPMC agree to a clause that would give the state a chance to extend its 2014 agreement with UPMC and Highmark?

By Brett Sholtis

Pa. House settles on rural-friendly path for updating judicial elections

"We should have diverse opinions from the vast diversity of Pennsylvania come into play when the courts are applying those statutes."
By Katie Meyer

Republican Pa. lawmakers move to pick judges by region, but clash on details

"We ought to maintain the holistic approach of ensuring we have the best and brightest on the court from all over Pennsylvania.'
By Katie Meyer