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Phila. DA Creates Unit to Review Wrongful-Conviction Claims

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced on Tuesday the creation of a new unit tasked to investigate ‘legitimate’ post-conviction claims of innocence.

Pennsylvania Superior Court to Hear Orie Melvin's Appeal Next Month

Pennsylvania Superior Court sitting in Lawrence County next month will hear former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s appeal from her 2013 conviction.  Orie Melvin was criminally convicted on six counts for using

First Judicial District to Reassign Judges to Address Family Court Backlog

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently approved a recommendation to temporarily reassign judges within the First Judicial District. Judges will be reassigned from the trial division to the family division, in order to deal with the current backlog of child custody cases.

Creation of Veterans Court in Erie County

The Erie Times News praised the creation of a specialty court for veterans charged with nonviolent crimes in Erie County. The court was recently authorized by Erie County President Judge Ernest J. DiSantis Jr.

Judges Indicted in Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Scandal File Motion to Redact Wiretap Recordings

Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry, along with former Judges Roberty Mulgrew and Thomasine Tynes, filed a motion this week seeking to redact “inflammatory” language from wiretap recordings of defendants intercepted during the co

Justices Suspend Ex-Judge Berry for One Year, One Day

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended Judge Willis W. Berry for one year and a day in connection to defrauding a former law client.

Bill Pays for Lawyers to Help Pennsylvania Poor

Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill to help provide criminal defense lawyers to the poor by establishing the Pennsylvania Center for Effective Indigent Defense Legal Representation.

What Does McCutcheon Mean For Judicial Races

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), striking down aggregate limits on contributions to political candidates and party committees. Although the focus of this ruling was on federal election law, it has serious implications of state campaigns as well, particularly state judicial campaigns.

Greene County Courthouse Implements New Security Measures

The Greene County Courthouse has implemented new full-time security measures to help curb incidents of violence.  Having recognized a need for increased security, the courthouse security committee developed a plan to make security measures previously in place for high-profile trials permanent.