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August 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Sep 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 7 precedential opinions (linked below) and 2 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the Court continues on its course of striking a more balanced approach to criminal procedural rights and tort liability than its earlier, more conservative iterations. An int...

Feature: Free and Equal Elections, Deferred

Posted by Corrie Woods | Aug 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

This June, the Court issued its decision in Working Families Party v. Commonwealth, 34 EAP 2017 (“WFP”), rejecting a claim by a Democratic and would-be-also-WFP candidate, the WFP, and several WFP-aligned voters that the “anti-fusion” provisions of Pennsylvania's Election Code, which prohibit a ...

July 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jul 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 15 precedential opinions (linked below) and 6 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, although, as I mentioned last month, the “new” Court has been somewhat ambivalent in its attitudes toward the judicial role, with some Justices preferring the prudence (or, d...

June 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jul 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 7 precedential opinions (linked below) and 8 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, a few insights. Now two years into its current composition, the Court is somewhat ambivalent in its orientation toward precedent. A narrow, but fairly consistent majority of t...

Welcome to SCOPABlog

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jul 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hi, everyone! Corrie here. Some of you know that I spent roughly six years of my career as an attorney for a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It was an honor, not only because I came to love the Court's history and to admire the Court at its best (during my time there, the Court issued ...

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