Latest Supreme Court of Pennsylvania News

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...

Cosby ruling cited as jail guard's sex abuse case is dropped

Aug. 20, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

Pennsylvania prosecutors dropped their case Friday against a jail guard accused of sexually abusing inmates, saying they were hamstrung by the recent state Supreme Court decision that freed Bill Cosby. The attorney general's office had been seeking to prosecute John...

New trial ordered for man accused of murder, faked ATV crash

Jul. 25, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man accused of killing his wife and then faking an all-terrain vehicle accident to cover up the slaying almost a decade ago. The state's highest court ruled 5-2 Friday that 48-year-old Joseph...

Court says leaving scene of triple fatal is 1 charge, not 3

Jul. 22, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A truck driver who killed three people on an interstate outside Harrisburg can’t be sentenced to three consecutive prison terms for leaving the scene of the crash he caused while driving drunk, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The...

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

Jul. 21, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who'd sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented...

Court: Department bears burden of pot application redactions

Jul. 21, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health can't allow applicants seeking to grow or dispense medical marijuana to redact their own applications under the state's public information law, regardless of the burden it places on the department, the state's highest court...

Cosby DA: Chief judge's TV interview 'fuels' misinformation

Jul. 13, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The lead prosecutor in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case believes the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its power in reversing the comedian’s conviction and added “fuel on the fire" when the chief justice gave a weekend television interview — and appeared to...

Maxwell lawyers: Cosby ruling reason to toss sex abuse case

Jul. 02, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell are arguing a court decision that freed Bill Cosby from prison backs up tossing out her sex trafficking case. In court papers filed on Friday, the lawyers said the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein is in...

Whither #MeToo? Chilling effect of Cosby reversal feared

Jul. 01, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

When Indira Henard, director of the DC Rape Crisis Center, received the text message Wednesday, she thought she wasn’t reading her phone correctly. “Indira oh my god,” said the message from a colleague. “Cosby’s walking out of prison.” “I put on the news and...

EXPLAINER: Why Bill Cosby's conviction was overturned

Jun. 30, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction was thrown out Wednesday by Pennsylvania's highest court in a ruling that swiftly freed the actor from prison more than three years after he was found guilty of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at...