Pennsylvania State Supreme Court
Right now, terrified witnesses are required to appear in open court to testify at preliminary hearings. But a rule change means the DA’s office can instead have witnesses testify in secret before grand juries to establish whether there is enough evidence to bring a suspect to trial in felony cases where witness intimidation is a concern.
After six years of steady decline, the number of medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania has leveled off.
The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court is following up on a consultant’s report to fix the ‘failure to appear in court’ rate in Philadelphia, by throwing defendants in jail.
In the ongoing legal battle over layoffs between the teachers union and Philadelphia school district, it appears likely that the State Supreme court will take up the case
Council President Anna Verna denies that the change was an attempt to get around a state Supreme Court decision.