Latest Supreme Court of Pennsylvania News

Judge chosen to resentence Sandusky in child sex abuse case

Oct. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new judge is in place to handle the child sexual abuse resentencing hearing for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday issued an order appointing Judge Maureen Skerda to take over the case. The previous jurist, Judge John...

N. Carolina Congress map challenged again on partisan bias

Sep. 27, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Buoyed by a favorable ruling this month involving legislative districts, North Carolina voters sued again on Friday to overturn the state's congressional map, alleging Republican state lawmakers manipulated lines to maximize GOP seats. The registered Democrats and independents filed a...

Pennsylvania high court asked to throw out death penalty

Sep. 11, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to outlaw the death penalty because of what critics call the cruel and arbitrary way it's applied to poor and black defendants. More than half of the 441 death sentences handed down since the death penalty was reinstated in the late...

The Latest: Pennsylvania court asked to toss death penalty

Sep. 11, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considering to end the death penalty (all times local): 12:05 p.m.: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is being asked to outlaw the death penalty because of what critics call the cruel way it's applied to black and poor defendants. Opponents in...

Justices weigh discipline against Penn State's ex-counsel

Sep. 10, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court considered arguments in Philadelphia Tuesday over whether the chief lawyer for Penn State when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke should face public censure. The state's lawyer disciplinary board recommended that punishment in March for Cynthia Baldwin, who is...

Court takes up doctor liability in psych clinic shooting

Sep. 4, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

Pennsylvania's highest court will determine if a woman shot seven years ago in the psychiatric clinic where she worked can sue the University of Pittsburgh over the assailant's treatment before the attack. The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will decide whether a former Allegheny County judge made the right...