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Gov. Corbett Signs Kids-for-Cash Bills into Law

On Monday, Governor Corbett signed Senate Bills 815 and 818 into law. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, were a response to the Kids-for-Cash scandal that rocked Pennsylvania four years ago.

April 10, 2012

Bills Introduced to Ease Burdens on PA Jurors

Rep. Robert F. Matzie (D-Allegheny/Beaver) has introduced two bills in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would provide ”proper compensation” for jurors and exempt certain categories of caregivers from jury duty.

April 9, 2012

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New Philadelphia Family Courthouse Expected to Open in 2014

The Legal Intelligencer's blog reports that the new courthouse for Philadelphia’s family court should open by the summer of 2014.

April 6, 2012

The Legal Intelligencer's blog reports that the new courthouse for Philadelphia’s family court should open by the summer of 2014.

Keystone Progress Releases Report on Philadelphia Courts

Keystone Progress, a Pennsylvania liberal advocacy group, released a positive report on the state of the First Judicial District courts.

April 4, 2012

Keystone Progress, a Pennsylvania liberal advocacy group, released a positive report on the state of the First Judicial District courts.

Juvenile Representation Bill in Response to “Kids-for-Cash” Passes Senate

Scranton’s Times-Tribune reports that the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring that juvenile defendants have legal counsel at delinquency hearings.

April 4, 2012

Scranton’s Times-Tribune reports that the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring that juvenile defendants have legal counsel at delinquency hearings. The bill, sponsored by Sen.

Philadelphia Daily News on Orie: Evidence “Stacking Up” Against Judicial Elections

The Daily News provided its take on Tuesday’s guilty verdict in Sen. Orie’s corruption trial, concluding that a cloud still hangs over Justice Orie Melvin that damages the Supreme Court’s integrity and furthers the call for a new system of judicial selection.

March 29, 2012

The Daily News provided its take on Tuesday’s guilty verdict in Sen.

Reactions to Sen. Orie Conviction

News sources have covered various aspects of yesterday's guilty verdict in the case of Jane Orie, the state Senator accused of using her legislative staff to work on election campaigns for her sister, Justice Joan Orie Melvin (among other charges).

March 29, 2012

News sources have covered various aspects of yesterday's guilty verdict in the case of Jane Orie, the state Senator accused of using her legislative staff to work on election campaigns for her sister, Justice Joan Orie Melv

Sen. Orie Found Guilty on 14 Counts

Jury deliberations in the trial of state Sen. Jane Orie ended Monday evening resulting in a mixed verdict. Sen. Orie was convicted of 14 charges including five felonies for theft of services, conflict of interest and forgery. She was acquitted on 10 additional counts including document tampering and perjury relating to her testimony in her trial last year that was eventually declared a mistrial.

March 27, 2011

Jury deliberations in the trial of state Sen. Jane Orie ended Monday evening resulting in a mixed verdict. Sen. Orie was convicted of 14 charges including five felonies for theft of services, conflict of interest and forgery. She was acquitted on 10 additional counts including document tampering and perjury relating to her testimony in her trial last year that was eventually declared a mistrial.

Sen. Orie Trial Recap

Jury deliberations have begun in the criminal trial of Jane Orie, the Allegheny County state Senator accused of using her taxpayer-funded legislative staff to work on political campaigns for both herself and her sister, now-Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

March 23, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Amidst Investigation of Court’s Guardian Program

The Lackawanna County Common Pleas Court and attorney Danielle M. Ross are named defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging that the Court’s policy of automatically appointing Ross as guardian ad litem in a myriad of divorce actions, along with Ross’s subsequent conduct as guardian, violated the constitutional rights of litigants.

March 21, 2012