Pennsylvania Supreme Court http://wesa.fm en PA Supreme Court Won't Revisit Gas Drilling Case http://wesa.fm/post/pa-supreme-court-wont-revisit-gas-drilling-case <p>Pennsylvania's highest court said Friday it would not revisit its decision striking down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments.<br /><br />The state Supreme Court denied a request by Gov. Tom Corbett's administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court for a new round of briefs and fact-finding process.<br /><br />Instead, the justices left in place the Dec. 19 decision that said new industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution.<br /> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:00:10 +0000 The Associated Press 24821 at http://wesa.fm Judge Spikes Photo ID Requirement for PA Voters http://wesa.fm/post/judge-spikes-photo-id-requirement-pa-voters <p>A state judge has struck down the law requiring Pennsylvania's voters to show photo identification at the polls.<br /><br />Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said the requirement that was the centerpiece of Pennsylvania's embattled 2012 voter identification law places an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote.<br /><br />The decision paves the way for an expected appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Republicans approved the law over the protests of Democrats.<br /> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:20:41 +0000 The Associated Press 22973 at http://wesa.fm PA High Court Strikes Down Zoning Limits on Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/pa-high-court-strikes-down-zoning-limits-drilling <p>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday struck down portions of a law that stripped some of the powers municipalities have to decide where the natural gas industry can operate — portions that the industry had sought from Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers.</p><p>The justices ruled the 2012 law unconstitutionally restricted the power of municipalities, although the 4-to-2 majority disagreed as to why it was unconstitutional.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:04:09 +0000 The Associated Press 21679 at http://wesa.fm New State Supreme Court Justice to Be Sworn In http://wesa.fm/post/new-state-supreme-court-justice-be-sworn <p>The newest member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to be sworn in July 30th.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s nominee, Correale Stevens, was confirmed by the Senate on a 50-0 vote on June 30, returning the court to a four-to-three Republican majority and filling the vacant seat left by the resignation of Justice Joan Orie Melvin.</p><p>The 66-year-old judge from&nbsp;Luzerne County will serve through 2016 — the end of Melvin’s term.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 12733 at http://wesa.fm Ex-Justice Melvin Owes $128K in Fines, Restitution http://wesa.fm/post/ex-justice-melvin-owes-128k-fines-restitution <p>Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's campaign corruption conviction will cost her not only three years on house arrest but also nearly $128,000 in fines, restitution and court costs.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:48:00 +0000 The Associated Press 9548 at http://wesa.fm Report: PA Courts Plagued by Funding Shortfalls, Misperceptions http://wesa.fm/post/report-pa-courts-plagued-funding-shortfalls-misperceptions <p>The annual state Supreme Court’s <a href="http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-798/file-2670.pdf?cb=8818c8">State of the Commonwealth Courts </a>report finds the two biggest issues facing Pennsylvania’s court system are financial shortfalls and misperceptions about the system.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 17:17:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9335 at http://wesa.fm Report: PA Courts Plagued by Funding Shortfalls, Misperceptions PA Supreme Court Upholds State House and Senate Districts on Second Try http://wesa.fm/post/pa-supreme-court-upholds-state-house-and-senate-districts-second-try <p>After more than a year of legal challenges, the state has new district lines for the House and Senate. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to uphold the state Legislature’s second stab at drawing new districts.<br><br>The maps were challenged by several groups – among them, a piano teacher and self-styled redistricting savant who drew her own maps to show there was a better way.<br> Thu, 09 May 2013 10:17:01 +0000 Mary Wilson 9239 at http://wesa.fm Ruling Offers Juvenile Killers Possibility for Parole http://wesa.fm/post/ruling-offers-juvenile-killers-possibility-parole <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last June that juveniles cannot be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole is now having repercussions in Pennsylvania. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The high court ruling meant the commonwealth had to determine what to do with the approximately 400 juveniles tried in adult proceedings who fell into that category.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:36:48 +0000 Emily Farah 7236 at http://wesa.fm Melvin Quits Pa. Supreme Court as of May 1 http://wesa.fm/post/melvin-quits-pa-supreme-court-may-1 <div><p>A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice who was convicted last month of using taxpayer-paid staff for political campaigns told the governor Monday she is resigning from the bench as of May 1, about a week before she will learn her sentence.</p><p>The letter from Justice Joan Orie Melvin to Gov. Tom Corbett said she made the decision "with deep regret and a broken heart."</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:02:40 +0000 The Associated Press 6113 at http://wesa.fm