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  • Temple Student Takes Philadelphia Police to Court Over Arrest PhotographsMarch 26th, 2014

    Despite that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey wrote a memo in 2011 advising all officers that civilians are permitted to take photographs or video footage of them in public places, some in the department have been slow to adapt. A year after Ramsey informed police …

  • Delays in Resolving Civil Lawsuits Caused by Court Funding ShortagesApril 3rd, 2013

    Of the three branches of government, the judicial branch receives by far the least attention. With the exception of high-profile cases like the Affordable Care Act and Proposition 8 (dealing with same-sex marriage in California), the judiciary lacks the glamor of the presidency and the …

  • Title IX: 40 Years after Its Passage, Schools Still Working to End DiscriminationFebruary 6th, 2013

    2012 saw the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972 signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Many regard Title IX as a landmark piece of legislation that helped ensure that women have the same ability as men to …

  • Could Imposing Liability on Gun Sellers Make Us Safer?January 30th, 2013

    Recent mass shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Colorado, a shopping mall in Oregon and an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. have garnered a lot of media attention, but it is worth pointing out that since the shooting in Newtown …

  • Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Temporarily SuspendedOctober 24th, 2012

    This past May, Pennsylvania legislators passed a law that would force the state’s voters to produce some form of photo identification at their local polling places to participate in elections. As of late September (according to a poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College), 59 …

  • Widespread Shortage of Judges Derails Civil Justice SystemSeptember 12th, 2012

    On July 11, this blog published a post titled “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied,” which dealt with the shortage of judges (and thus backlog of civil cases) in Union County, New Jersey. Upon further research, it has become painfully clear that this problem is not …

  • Will Text Messages Be Allowed as Evidence in Pennsylvania Criminal Trials?June 20th, 2012

    On May 18, 2012, Ben Present of The Legal Intelligencer wrote an article called “State Supreme Court to Address Admissibility of Text Messages” which, as its title suggests, explains the circumstance surrounding what will surely be a noteworthy precedent regarding whether or not “unauthenticated” text …

  • Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal — Victims Are Striking BackJune 6th, 2012

    The sex abuse scandal that has publicly rocked the Catholic Church for more than a decade has actually been around much longer than that. Rachel Zoll of The Associated Press writes that one priest, who happens to have founded an entire religious order dedicated to rehabilitating …

  • No Expectation of Privacy on Facebook for Personal Injury LitigantsMay 9th, 2012

    On the topic of social media, this blog has already covered the judicial precedents being set in the state of Pennsylvania with regard to insurance companies probing plaintiffs’ Facebook profiles. As judges become more familiar with the sensitive nature of an individual’s social media profile …

  • Jurors Instructed to Unplug from Social MediaMay 2nd, 2012

    The number of users on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ is growing, and as it does, its prominence in law suits increases exponentially. In February 2012, this blog covered the precedents being set in the state of Pennsylvania about whether insurance …

  • Underfunding of Judicial System Threatens Basic Nature of American GovernmentDecember 15th, 2011

    The international weekly newspaper “The Economist” published an article in its September 29, 2011 issue about the judicial branch of the government, calling it “the feeblest branch,” due to the lack of funding and public and media attention it receives relative to legislators and executives. …