Latest Supreme Court of Pennsylvania News

Pennsylvania high court upholds old precedent in fracking

Jan. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a legal principle that allows drillers to drain oil and natural gas from outside their property lines. The court overturned a 2018 decision by the lower Superior Court on Wednesday that said the “rule of capture" does not...

Justices order child sexual abuse jury report be kept sealed

Jan. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury's findings about a central Pennsylvania man who said he victimized about 16 to 18 people will remain permanently sealed because the child sexual abuse report did not recommend government changes in the public interest, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby has appealed a court decision last month that upheld his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home. He filed his latest appeal Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which does not have to take the case. Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term at a maximum-security state prison in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Bill Cosby asks Pennsylvania high court to review conviction

Jan. 9, 2020 1:18 PM EST

Comedian Bill Cosby filed an appeal Thursday of a court decision last month that upheld his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home. The latest appeal — filed with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which does not have to take the case — focuses on four key trial issues,...

Justices decline to restore cash payments to poor, disabled

Dec. 18, 2019 2:04 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday turned down an effort to resume cash welfare assistance to the poor and disabled while litigation continues over a law that ended the payments this summer. The Supreme Court's six-justice majority said Commonwealth Court had grounds to...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 27, 2019 2:59 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Grand jury reports have proven to be a tool for justice in Pennsylvania — ask the Catholic Church The Philadelphia Inquirer Nov. 27 Last August, Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a list of more than 300 catholic...