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A Time Out for the Death Penalty
February 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed....... [more]

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challenged
February 19, 2015
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional in....... [more]

Pennsylvania governor announces death penalty moratorium
February 13, 2015
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty Friday, which will remain in effect until he receives and reviews a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The governor expressed concerns over serious flaws in the death penalty....... [more]

RETRACTION: 'Back-Alley Banking in China'
January 15, 2015
JURIST has retracted "Back-Alley Banking in China: the Next Financial Crisis" by Dr. Bashar Malkawi. The piece was originally published in our Academic Commentary section on 9 November 2013. On 7 January 2015, we were advised that the piece was copied from another author's work. We investigated th....... [more]

NRA sues 3 Pennsylvania cities over local gun ordinances
January 15, 2015
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh, alleging local gun laws violate a state law that restricts local regulation of firearms and ammunition. 18 Pa CS 6120 states "No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful owne....... [more]

Pennsylvania prison officials reach settlement over treatment of mentally ill inmates
January 6, 2015
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates w....... [more]

Pennsylvania top court strikes down law on juvenile sex offenders
January 3, 2015
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of the....... [more]

Federal judge rules Obama immigration action unconstitutional
December 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that parts of US President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration are unconstitutional. Judge Arthur Schwab found that the president's action exceeds the scope of executive authority: "The court holds th....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on threatening social media posts
December 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Elonis v. United States the court considered whether a conviction of threatening another person over interstate lines under 18 USC 875(c) requires proof that the defendant maintained subjective intent to threaten, or if it i....... [more]

Pennsylvania lawmakers sue over firearms law
November 11, 2014
Five Pennsylvania state legislators and the mayors of two cities filed a lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Monday asking it to strike down a state law passed last month allowing advocacy groups to sue municipalities over local gun laws. The law, commonly known as Act 192, include....... [more]

Pennsylvania school districts sue over state education funding
November 11, 2014
A group of six school districts, seven parents and two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Monday against the Pennsylvania Department of Education and others accusing them of not providing students an adequate education and discriminating against students because of their locality. The petitioners claim....... [more]




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