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ACLU files motion to unseal information about lethal injection drugs in Pennsylvania
September 12, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) filed a motion Thursday on behalf of the Guardian, the the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia City Paper asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to unseal court records which in....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]

Prison reform group sues Pennsylvania officials over isolation inmate's suicide
July 10, 2014
The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against several officials in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), alleging that their sustained use of solitary confinement on State Correctional Institution Cr....... [more]

US officials arrest accused Nazi guard
June 18, 2014
US officials on Tuesday arrested 89-year-old Johann Breyer on charges that he was a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Breyer has admitted to serving at Auschwitz but claims that his service was involuntary and that he did not take part in any killings. Breyer was arreste....... [more]

Pennsylvania governor won't appeal same-sex marriage ruling
May 22, 2014
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that he will not appeal a federal court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Corbett stated that the ruling, authored by Judge John Jones E. Jones III, goes against his political and religious beliefs. However, Corbe....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban
May 20, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the federal lawsuit last July on behalf of 21 Pennsylvania residents who wished to marry their same-sex partners....... [more]

US charges five Chinese army officers in cyber espionage case
May 20, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania brought hacking charges against the Chinese nationals in a case of cyber espionage. The indictment alleges that the defendants were involved in computer hacking, economic espionage and ot....... [more]

Equal Pay Begins At Home
May 10, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Dara Purvis of the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law discusses how salary negotiation presents itself within a marriage and is not only between employer and employee ... April 8 was Equal Pay Day: on average, American women would have to work all of 2013 pl....... [more]

Pennsylvania governor drops appeal defending voter ID Law
May 10, 2014
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. Th....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds mandatory retirement age for Pennsylvania judges
May 1, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday that Pennsylvania's mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges is constitutional. A group of four judges from across the state, including Judges Benjamin Lerner and John Herron of Philadelphia, Leonard Zito of Northampton County and Gerald S....... [more]




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