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Plan For Statewide Veterans Courts Met With Some Skepticism

Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Senator Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/York are leading efforts to institute veterans courts in all Pennsylvania counties.

June 20, 2014

Plan For Statewide Veterans Courts Met With Some Skepticism

Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Senator Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/York are leading efforts to institute veterans courts in all Pennsylvania counties.

Defense in Traffic Court Trial Argues Investigation was too Narrow

Trial resumed Monday for the former Traffic Court judges accused of offenses related to ticket-fixing and favoritism in Philadelphia.

The jury heard arguments from ex-Traffic Court judge Michael Lowry’s defense attorney that FBI agent and lead investigator, Jason Blake focused his investigation too narrowly by not considering statistical data about the outcomes of traffic tickets.

June 17, 2014

Trial resumed Monday for the former Traffic Court judges accused of offenses related to ticket-fixing and favoritism in Philadelphia.

President Obama Nominates Four Area Attorneys to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On Friday, President Obama nominated Wendy Beetlestone, Mark Kearney, Joseph Leeson, and Gerald Pappert to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania bench. The four nominees will fill four out of the five currently vacant seats.

June 16, 2014

On Friday, President Obama nominated Wendy Beetlestone, Mark Kearney, Joseph Leeson, and Gerald Pappert to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania bench. The four nominees will fill four out of the five currently vacant seats.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Begins New Mentor Program for Recent Offenders

In April, the Court of Common Pleas started an initiative to diminish recidivism called MENTOR (Mentors Empowering Now to Overcome Recidivism). The program, started by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos, hopes to keep offenders from offending again by matching them with civilian volunteers who serve as mentors.

June 12, 2014

In April, the Court of Common Pleas started an initiative to diminish recidivism called MENTOR (Mentors Empowering Now to Overcome Recidivism). The program, started by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos, hopes to keep offenders from offending again by matching them with civilian volunteers who serve as mentors.

National Constitution Center Hosts Panel on a Judge’s Perspective of Maintaining a Fair Judiciary

On Monday, the National Constitution Center hosted a panel of judges entitled “A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary.” The panel included District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, and former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus.

June 11, 2014

On Monday, the National Constitution Center hosted a panel of judges entitled “A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary.” The panel included District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby who is the president of the National Association of Women Judges, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J.

Additional Wiretap Evidence Presented at Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Trial

Last Thursday, prosecutors presented additional wiretap evidence in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.

June 11, 2014

Last Thursday, prosecutors presented additional wiretap evidence in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.

Merit Selection Vote Called Off

Although we’re disappointed that the House Judiciary Committee will not consider commonsense solutions, this session, to getting the most qualified judges on the bench and removing money from the process, we are committed to continuing this important public conversation.

June 10, 2014

Although we’re disappointed that the House Judiciary Committee will not consider commonsense solutions, this session, to getting the most qualified judges on the bench and removing money from the process, we are committed to continuing this important public conversation.

Retired Judge Moss Honored With Sandra Day O'Connor Award

On Monday, June 10, 2014, retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss was honored with the Philadelphia Bar Association Sandra Day O’Connor award. The award recognizes excellence and the advancement of women in the legal profession.

June 10, 2014

Retired Judge Moss Honored With Sandra Day O'Connor Award

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Call for Hearings on Court Cutting Measure (SB324)

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) expressed concerns today about the potentially devastating impact of the court-reduction provisions of Senate Bill 324.

June 9, 2014

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) expressed concerns today about the potentially devastating impact of the court-reduction provisions of Senate Bill 324.

Scofflaw Jurors Arrested and Fined

On Wednesday, Judge John W. Herron and Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart addressed thirty-one individuals who failed to appear for Scofflaw Court on May 21.

June 6, 2014

On Wednesday, Judge John W. Herron and Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart addressed thirty-one individuals who failed to appear for Scofflaw Court on May 21.