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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]

Mumia supporters challenge Pennsylvania law as First Amendment violation
November 10, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal and supporters filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a recently passed Pennsylvania law that they claim stifles free speech. The law, an amendment to the Crime Victims Act titled "Revictimization relief," states that victims of personal injury crimes can bring civil actions against offe....... [more]

Pennsylvania senate approves medical marijuana bill
September 25, 2014
The Pennsylvania State Senate approved legislation Thursday that would legalize several forms of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 1182, proposed by state senator Daylin Leach, passed with strong support 43-7 and will now proceed to the State House of Representatives. The bill calls for the creation....... [more]

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]




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