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Should the Courts Have Anti-Nepotism Policies

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is raising questions about nepotism and court hiring decisions.

January 17, 2012

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has reported that Court of Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel promoted her daughter to supervisor of jury operations with a salary of $56,511. Judge McDaniel's other daughter works as her tipstaff with a salary of $54,232.

“Cash for Kids” Results in New Juvenile Court Reforms

The Luzerne County juvenile justice corruption scandal has led the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to create guidelines for when juveniles cannot waive their right to counsel.

January 17, 2012

The Luzerne County juvenile justice corruption scandal has led the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to create guidelines for when juveniles cannot waive their right to counsel. While waiver of representation is reportedly rare, the Court viewed ensuring that juveniles were represented by attorneys as vital to preven

Court Funding Vital for Commonwealth

A letter to the editor written by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Executive Director Lynn Marks was published in the Harrisburg Patriot calling for the state's lawmakers to commit to fully funding the Unified Judicial System.

January 13, 2012

A letter to the editor written by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Executive Director Lynn Marks was published in the Harrisburg Patriot calling for the state's lawmakers to commit to fully funding the Unified Judicial System. While fine-tuning the state's budget is

PMC in the News

There has been extensive news coverage of the revelation that Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is the target of an on-going grand jury investigation about the use of government staff for election activities. PMC has been cited in numerous articles throughout the Commonwealth and by local radio stations.

January 13, 2012

There has been extensive news coverage of the revelation that Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is the target of an on-going grand jury investigation about the use of government staff for election activities.  In the wake of those revelations, PMC

PMC:Orie Melvin Case Demands Swift Action and Long Term Reform

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts today called for swift action following the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s report that Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is the target of a grand jury investigation focused on the improper use of judicial and legislative staff for her election campaigns. PMC has called for Justice Orie Melvin to temporarily step down or face suspension by the Supreme Court.

January 10, 2011

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts today called for swift action following the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s report that Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is the target of a grand j

Justice Joan Orie Melvin Target of Grand Jury

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been notified that she is the target of a grand jury that recommended prosecution of her two sisters for using state employees for political work.

January 10, 2011

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been notified that she is the target of a grand jury that recommended prosecution of her two sisters for using state employees for political work.

Philadelphia Courts to See Major Changes

A piece in today's Legal Intelligencer (subscription required) outlines a series of changes to Philadelphia's criminal and civil courts.

January 9, 2011

A piece in today's Legal Intelligencer  (subscription required) outlines a series of changes to Philadelphia's c

Special Master for Luzerne County Cases Completes His Work

Some good news regarding the Luzerne County “Cash for Kids” scandal as the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announces that the Special Master appointed to review affected juvenile cases and administer a victim compensation fund has completed his work.

January 5, 2012

Some good news regarding the Luzerne County “Cash for Kids” scandal as the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announces that the Special Master appointed to review affected juvenile cases and administer a victim compensation fund has completed his work.&n

President Judge Stevens On the "Hope and Need for Public Confidence in the Courts"

In a commentary piece in the Times Leader, Superior Court President Correale Stevens discusses the importance of increasing public confidence in the courts.

December 30, 2011

In a commentary piece in the Times Leader, Superior Court President Correale Stevens discusses the importance of increasing public confidence in the courts.  President Judge Stevens focused on the Luzerne County Court of Commo

Traffic Court Judge in Trouble

Traffic Judge Willie Singletary has been relieved of his duties because he allegedly showed naked pictures of himself to a court employee.

December 24, 2011

Traffic Court Willie Singletary was escorted from the Court yesterday and reportedly relieved of his duties.  According to the http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20111224_Traffic_Court_Judge_Sin...)">Philadelphia Inquirer , Judge Singletary is accused of showing naked pictures of himself to a cour