Latest Supreme Court of Pennsylvania News

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo processing work on mail in ballots for the Pennsylvania Primary election is being done at the Butler County Bureau of Elections, in Butler, Pa. With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that tens of thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, officials in the battleground state told counties that they aren't allowed to reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn't match the signature in the voter’s file.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Republicans lose a round in Pennsylvania mail voting dispute

Sep. 24, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to Republicans in the legal fight over the deadline for mailed ballots in the presidential battleground state. The court, which has a 5-2 Democratic majority, rejected without comment a request by Republicans to put on hold its...

FILE - This May 26, 2020 file photo shows an Official Democratic General Primary mail-in ballot and secrecy envelope, for the Pennsylvania primary in Pittsburgh. Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly fill out and return the ballots, hoping to avert worried predictions that 100,000 votes or more could be invalidated because the ballots aren't put in the proper envelope.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Democrats in Pa. scramble to limit number of 'naked ballots'

Sep. 24, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly fill out and return the ballots, hoping to avert worried predictions that 100,000 votes or more could be invalidated because the ballots aren't put in the proper envelope. The...

Justices stop Philly from broadcasting trials on YouTube

Sep. 18, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has put a stop to a local policy that allowed streaming of Philadelphia criminal trials over the internet. The state Supreme Court in an order dated Thursday halted the pandemic-prompted policy. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner asked the...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Green Party gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, takes part in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.  The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that Hawkins, the Green Party's candidate for president, did not strictly follow procedures for getting on Pennsylvania's ballot in the November election and cannot appear on it, delivering a win for Democrats as Joe Biden tries to capture the battleground state's electoral votes.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Green Party candidate is ordered off Pennsylvania ballot

Sep. 17, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Green Party's candidate for president did not strictly follow procedures for getting on Pennsylvania's ballot in the November election and cannot appear on it, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, delivering a win for Democrats as Joe Biden tries to capture the battleground...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court sides with Democrats, extends mail-in ballot deadlines to three days after Election Day

Sep. 17, 2020 1:03 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Supreme Court sides with Democrats, extends mail-in ballot deadlines to three days after Election Day.
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Legal advocates line up on both sides of Bill Cosby's appeal

Sep. 14, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about...

Philly prosecutor petitions court to stop streaming trials

Sep. 14, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to stop the livestreaming of trials on YouTube because of the potential for witness or juror intimidation and the inability to ensure someone watching isn't recording the proceedings. Philadelphia...

Democrats appeal Green Party case to Pennsylvania high court

Sep. 10, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats on Thursday signaled their intent to appeal a lower court decision ordering election officials to put the Green Party’s candidate for president on the ballot in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. They filed an intent to appeal the case to the state Supreme...

Chelsea Balulis, of Pottsville, front, and Ashlee Reick, of Auburn, make signs at a rally hosted by Todd Zimmerman and Schuylkill Democratic Action Group to support the United States Postal Service along Progress Avenue, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Pottsville, Pa., in front of U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser's, R-Penn., office. Attendees were encouraged to buy a book of forever stamps to support the post office. (Lindsey Shuey/Republican-Herald via AP)

Pennsylvania high court takes up another election lawsuit

Sep. 1, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court will take up another election-related lawsuit, it announced Tuesday, this one filed by the state Democratic Party amid a partisan fight over fixing glitches and gray areas in the battleground state's fledgling mail-in voting law. Briefs are due Sept. 8,...

FILE - Allegheny County Judge Cynthia Baldwin leaves a Judiciary Committee hearing in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court received an “informal letter of inquiry” on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 from the board that investigates allegations of wrongdoing by judges, his office confirmed. The probe concerns allegations that Chief Justice Thomas Saylor may have improperly interfered in disciplinary matters involving former Justice Cynthia Baldwin. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Chief justice says ethics board sent him 'letter of inquiry'

Aug. 26, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court received an “informal letter of inquiry” on Wednesday from the board that investigates allegations of wrongdoing by judges, his office confirmed. The probe apparently concerns allegations that Chief Justice Thomas...