Latest Supreme Court of Pennsylvania News

Mask mandate for K-12 schools remains for now, justices rule

Nov. 30, 2021 14:13 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An order requiring masks inside Pennsylvania's K-12 schools and child care facilities will remain in place while the state Supreme Court considers the governor's appeal of a lawsuit that overturned the mandate, the high court ruled Tuesday. The...

Cosby prosecutors urge Supreme Court to restore conviction

Nov. 29, 2021 18:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, complaining in a petition released Monday the verdict was thrown out over a questionable agreement that the comic claimed gave him lifetime immunity. They...

Court sides with expelled student over memes deemed a threat

Nov. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — District administrators overreached when they permanently expelled a 17-year-old high school student for sending Snapchat messages after school hours that referred to another student as a potential school shooter, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. ...

Major cases could come before judges on Pennsylvania ballots

Nov. 01, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters are set to fill four open seats on statewide courts with candidates who could eventually help settle major cases on issues from abortion to elections. The marquee contest in Tuesday's election is for an open seat on...

High court candidate alters ad after complaint from opponent

Oct. 28, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has revised an ad attacking his opponent after the state bar association notified him it ran afoul of its judicial campaign advertising standards. A top campaign aide to Commonwealth...

Spending in Pennsylvania's high court race blows past $5M

Oct. 24, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Spending in the race for an open seat on Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court has blown past $5 million, according to new campaign finance reports, with less than two weeks left until Election Day. Reports filed with the state Friday show that most...

Court breathes new life into Harrisburg gun laws challenge

Oct. 20, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — People can sue to challenge a city’s gun restrictions even if they have not been charged with violating them, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled Wednesday. A divided state Supreme Court said that Firearm Owners Against Crime and other...

Artist sues newly freed Bill Cosby over 1990 hotel encounter

Oct. 14, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A prominent Bill Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the state's two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires. Los Angeles artist Lili Bernard told...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 29, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 26, 2021. Editorial: Health care waiver needs to be extended COVID-19 waivers are a touchy subject in Pennsylvania, where not all waivers were created equal. In March of 2020, when infections and...

Pennsylvania high court OKs 'comfort dogs' for witnesses

Sep. 22, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

Canines in the courtroom? The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says yes — under certain conditions. A trial witness may be accompanied by a “comfort dog” if the animal will help yield reliable, complete and truthful testimony, the justices ruled Wednesday in a...