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June 28, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
For four years, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has appealed a judge's decision granting a new trial in a 1991 case that sent a 19-year-old to prison for life in the killing of a police officer's brother. Although the state Supreme Court was set to hear yet another round of appeals in the case, early last week it decided against hearing it at all. Now, after nearly 25 years in prison, Jose Medina will again be tried for murder in the death of William Bogan, the brother of Officer Timothy Bogan, who was stabbed to death the evening of Oct. 18, 1991, in a Chinese takeout shop at Cambria and Mutter Streets in Fairhill.
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June 27, 2016
Kathryn Kolbert argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court case that has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade In 1973 and the first years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade , abortion was legal, accessible in most states, and low-income women could pay for it with Medicaid. Today, there are more than 1,000 laws against abortion on the books nationwide and federal laws ban Medicaid and federal insurance or health plans from paying for it, affecting low-income Americans, government workers, and members of the military.
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June 25, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a Texas university's use of race in admissions, drawing praise from civil rights groups, which heralded the decision as a major victory for affirmative action. By a 4-3 vote, the court upheld the University of Texas at Austin's argument that it needed to consider race to ensure diversity of its student body and that it had exhausted other means of achieving that goal. The ruling came as a surprise to some experts, who had expected the court to rule in favor of Abigail Fisher, a white student who was denied admission in 2008.
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June 25, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Thursday was a bad day for undocumented immigrants, among them Carlos Rojas. In the two decades since he illegally entered the United States from Mexico, Rojas, 44, has made a decent life for himself in South Philadelphia, working as a pastry chef and raising a family - while putting the ever-present possibility of deportation as far from his thoughts as he could. He found hope in a 2014 executive action by President Obama that would have protected him, as the parent of an American-born child, from being sent back to his homeland.
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June 15, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf has nominated Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy to fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court left when Justice J. Michael Eakin resigned this year because of his involvement in a pornographic email scandal. In nominating Mundy, 53, a Republican from Tioga County, Wolf said he would depart from the long-established tradition in Pennsylvania politics of requiring his nominee to promise not to run for the judicial seat in the next election. Instead, the Democratic governor said Monday that his nominee could seek a 10-year term on the state's highest court.
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June 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has refused to block a judge's order requiring the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to surrender three cellphones for examination by lawyers in litigation from the deadly 2013 Salvation Army collapse. In a one-sentence ruling Friday, the high court unanimously rejected the district attorney's request to stay a May 23 order by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein punishing prosecutors for not turning over the cellphones. The ruling is final, and the District Attorney's Office on Monday released a statement saying it would comply with Bernstein's order.
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June 11, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille was wrong to participate in an appeal from a death-row inmate whose prosecution he oversaw nearly three decades before. In a 5-3 split, the justices ordered a new hearing for Terrance Williams, finding that Castille's involvement in hearing the case when it came before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2014 violated Williams' constitutional rights. The decision served as a sharp rebuke to Castille, one of the Pennsylvania legal system's most towering figures in recent years.
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June 2, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to stay a judge's order punishing prosecutors for not surrendering three cellphones for examination by lawyers in the civil case filed in connection with the Center City building collapse. The motion filed Friday contends that Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein had no authority to grant sanctions requested by lawyers for the Salvation Army, whose thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets was crushed when an unsupported three- to four-story brick wall toppled from an adjacent property.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
More than two million Pennsylvania voters responded to a clear question put to them on April 26 - whether the state's mandatory retirement age for judges should be raised from 70 to 75 - with a clear answer: No. Rather than accept this result, those rooting for the opposite outcome have decided the question was a little too clear. With the tenure of the state Supreme Court's chief justice and lone Republican, 69-year-old Thomas Saylor, at stake, the legislature's ruling Republicans passed a resolution and won a court ruling rendering the election results moot less than a week beforehand.
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