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DA is charged with rape and strangulation of acquaintance at her home

A district attorney in a rural county southeast of Pittsburgh was arrested Wednesday for allegedly raping a woman he knew in his professional capacity.

Comfort dogs can be used to assist witnesses testifying in criminal trials, top state court rules

Trial courts may allow comfort dogs for witnesses at criminal trials in appropriate circumstances, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled. The court on Wednesday affirmed the 2018 third-degree murder conviction of Sheron Jalen Purnell, ruling that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by allowing a comfort dog during the testimony of a minor with autism.

3rd Circuit revives Second Amendment challenge to zoning restrictions on gun club

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said a federal judge should take another look at a Second Amendment challenge to a Pennsylvania township’s zoning restrictions on “sportsman’s clubs” shooting ranges.

Lawyer who gave ‘perfect’ secretary a second chance after theft is suspended after misjudging her

A Pennsylvania lawyer who gave a trusted employee another chance after she stole from his aunt’s estate has been suspended from practice following her continued client thefts.

ABA House encourages prosecutors to collect and publish case data

The ABA Criminal Justice Section proposed a resolution to the House of Delegates during the ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting on Tuesday that focuses on improving prosecutors' collection of case data.

Federal magistrate judge sanctions lawyers for election suit that was ‘one enormous conspiracy theory’

A federal magistrate judge has imposed sanctions on lawyers who challenged 2020 election methods in an opinion that criticized their “woeful lack of investigation” into the law and the facts.

New Jersey man gets prison time for posting federal judge’s home address on Twitter and Facebook

A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for posting online the home address of a federal judge he deemed to be moving too slowly on his case.

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction is overturned because of initial district attorney’s decision

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby was freed from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction Wednesday.

Saying yes has been part of this law school dean’s strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Leadership involves taking in a variety of viewpoints, says law dean Hari Osofsky, and recognizing what students, professors and administration want is a good way to guarantee people that they are being heard.

New York court suspends Giuliani’s law license, cites false claims about election’s legitimacy

Rudy Giuliani’s law license was suspended in New York on Thursday for “demonstrably false and misleading statements” to bolster a narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Cheerleader’s Snapchat vulgarity had a message, Supreme Court says in 8-1 ruling against school

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Pennsylvania school district violated a cheerleader’s First Amendment rights when it suspended her from the squad for F-word Snapchat posts.

Supreme Court rules for Catholic foster agency that refuses to place children with same-sex couples

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Philadelphia violated the free exercise clause when it refused to contract with a Catholic foster care agency that refuses to place children with same-sex couples.

District attorney backtracks after refusing to offer plea deals to lawyer who said prosecution office is racist

A Pennsylvania district attorney has reversed course after he directed his office to stop offering plea deals to clients of a Black attorney who claimed that the district attorney’s office was “systematically racist.”

Judge gets 6-month suspension, partly for misusing her contempt power

A Philadelphia judge has been suspended for six months for misconduct that included misusing her contempt power and “harshly belittling” people in family court.

Judge resigns after facing multiple misconduct charges over courtroom outbursts

A Pennsylvania judge who was facing misconduct allegations over outbursts at attorneys and litigants in his courtroom resigned Tuesday.

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