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Former Luzerne County Child Welfare Head Pleads Guilty in Backlog Case

The case involves reports of children who came to school hungry, a child burned in the face when their mother threw a cigarette out a car window, an adult telling children to kill themselves, and a 100-pound child still using a diaper.

Joshua Macias and Antonio LaMotta
Antonio LaMotta, Joshua Macias Ask Judge to Drop Charges

PHILADELPHIA-Joshua Macias and Antonio LaMotta didn’t actually do anything on Nov. 5, their attorneys said. Speaking during a virtual court hearing Thursday, the attorneys argued Philadelphia officials should drop all charges against their clients.

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Biden’s Next Big Challenge: How to Deal With Trump’s Takeover of the Courts

“If somebody believes they are a victim of discrimination in their workplace, the final say on whether our civil rights laws are properly enforced is a lower court judge,” Daniel Goldberg, legal director of the nonprofit advocacy group Alliance for Justice, told COURIER.

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Shutterstock Photo/Nagel Photography)
GOP Effort to Gerrymander Judicial Districts Advances by 1 Vote

Democrats lost an effort to have the committee hold a public hearing on the legislation, which would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Pennsylvania's capitol complex will be closed to the public, starting Monday. (Shutterstock)
State’s Supreme Court Race Could Dominate 2021 Judicial Races

Lawyers and judges around the state are already lining up supporters and trying to figure out if they can raise enough money to win.

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Shutterstock Photo/Nagel Photography)
Majority-GOP Legislature Wants to Change Makeup of State Courts in Its Favor

As early as May 18's primary election, Pennsylvania voters could be asked to overhaul how they elect state Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges.

The GOP-led Senate voted to confirm yet another Trump-appointed judge on Tuesday. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
McConnell’s Senate Is Still Confirming Judges Rather Than Helping Millions of Struggling Americans

Instead of providing aid to struggling Americans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican caucus are focused on the only thing that seems to matter to them: confirming judges.