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FILE - In this file photo from Feb. 21, 2009, an ambulance is parked outside the farmhouse where Kenzie Marie Houk was killed in Wampum, Pa. Jordan Brown, who was eleven-years-old at the time was charged in the shooting death of the 26-year-old pregnant mother of two. He is now filing a wrongful prosecution and conviction lawsuit, alleging that the state police investigators knowingly disobeyed protocols, fabricated and manipulated evidence to further a fake narrative that he was guilty. (AP Photo/Beaver County Times, Kevin Lorenzi, File)

Man sues for wrongful conviction after childhood in prison

Jul. 1, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania man is suing a handful of retired state police investigators and officials alleging malicious prosecution after he spent most of his childhood in prison for the shotgun killing of his father's pregnant fiance before the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Jordan Brown was 11 years old...

Pennsylvania court turns down lawmakers' bid to end shutdown

Jul. 1, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday ruled against an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders. A divided court ruled that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a “legal nullity” because it...

Pennsylvania's high court turns down Republican lawmakers' effort to end governor's shutdown order

Jul. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court turns down Republican lawmakers' effort to end governor's shutdown order.
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The 82-year-old Cosby has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He’s serving a three- to 10-year sentence. The Supreme Court has agreed to review two aspects of the case that Cosby’s lawyers challenge. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo prosecutions

Jun. 23, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a stunning decision that could test the legal framework of #MeToo cases, Pennsylvania's highest court will review the trial decision to let five other accusers testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in 2018, which ended with the longtime TV star's conviction. Cosby, 82, has...

Court tosses county ban on probationers using medical pot

Jun. 18, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

Counties may not ban people on probation or parole from using prescription cannabis if they are registered in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said that people holding a valid medical marijuana card are immune from...

High court to decide lawsuit seeking end to disaster order

Jun. 17, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday granted the Democratic governor's request and took over a lawsuit by legislative Republicans that could end his pandemic shutdown order. The Supreme Court announced it will decide the case filed by Senate Republicans, seeking to enforce a...

Justices say child welfare agency can't mandate drug testing

Jun. 16, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Officials may not order drug tests as part of a child-abuse investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, siding with a prosecutor who had come under the scrutiny of a county child welfare agency. The unanimous decision said the Child Protective Services Law does not...

Court ordered to look at state police social media policy

Jun. 16, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An appeals court should have privately reviewed a state police policy that guides troopers' monitoring of social media before deciding it was OK to block public disclosure of the policy, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The ruling came after Commonwealth Court rejected a...

Sylas Sekely, 8, of Monroeville, Pa., concentrates as he prepares to shoot at a target with a BB gun Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, Pa. Camp Guyasuta's STEM Adventure Day Camp started for the summer on Monday, one of a handful of camps to open with adjusted protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Michael M. Santiago/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Wolf asks Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold shutdown

Jun. 12, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday to intervene in his dispute with legislative Republicans who are trying to end pandemic restrictions he imposed in March to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Republican majorities in the House and Senate,...