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Former Philadelphia Judge Willis W. Berry Arrested

Former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge Willis W. Berry turned himself into authorities today on charges of corruption. Berry is charged with one felony count each of theft of services and conflict of interest for allegedly running a real estate business out of his chambers during working hours.

Juror Scofflaw Court Begins in Philadelphia

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the Philadelphia court system witnessed the return of the juror scofflaw court. Ninety-two individuals were summoned to appear before Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge John W. Herron, for their failure to show up for jury duty.

PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES “JUROR APPRECIATION DAY” ON MAY 15

PMC along with leaders of the Philadelphia’s First Judicial District, dignitaries and civic partners, celebrated Juror Appreciation Day today to recognize the crucial public service performed by citizens who respond to jury duty.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Independent Investigation Into Ticket Fixing Scandal May Have Tainted Federal Investigation

The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that the independent investigation into the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing scandal, commissioned by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D.

State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants

A new report from the Center for American Progress reveals troubling findings on the efficacy of states in addressing the ethical complications of increased campaign contribution in judicial elections and their effects on perceptions of judicial impartiality.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Grants Orie Melvin's Motion to Consolidate Appeals

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has granted former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s motion to consolidate the appeals of her criminal conviction and stay of sentence.  Orie Melvin was criminally convicted on six counts for

The Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition released a report detailing the growing gap in civil legal access for low-income

The Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition released a report detailing the growing gap in civil legal access for low-income Pennsylvanians and the negative effects this has on litigants and the state.

Developer Sentenced for Role in "Kids for Cash" Scandal

Robert Mericle, a builder of for-profit youth detention centers, was sentenced to a year in prison, fined $250,000, and ordered to serve one hundred hours of community service by U.S.