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Updated: July 1, 2020 | 6:21 pm

Pa. Supreme Court sides with governor in dispute over emergency powers

GOP legislature argued that it had the power to end Gov. Wolf's coronavirus emergency declaration
By Benjamin Pontz

A ruling could come as soon as this week in legal standoff between Wolf and Pa. legislature

The fate of the governor’s emergency declaration hangs in the balance

By Benjamin Pontz

Updated: June 12, 2020 | 5:55 pm

Wolf asks state Supreme Court to rule on emergency powers dispute immediately

Responding to legislature's lawsuit, Wolf asks high court to use "King's Bench" jurisdiction
By Benjamin Pontz

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

Sex offender registry law in Pa. facing life-or-death test at Supreme Court

Five cases before the state's high court claim the law is cruel, discriminatory and deprives thousands of people of fundamental rights. Prosecutors warn the cases could undermine public safety, as well as the public website listing registered sex offenders.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. task force urges end to public grand jury reports

The seven-member taskforce, appointed in 2017, was “sharply” divided on the issue, according to its own recent report.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

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

Is 50 years a de facto life sentence? Pa. Supreme Court will decide

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without parole for all juveniles were unconstitutional.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

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