Juris Features

How Pennsylvania Courts Have Been Treating Opioid-Dependent Users

How Pennsylvania Courts Have Been Treating Opioid-Dependent Users

By Madeline Olds, Web Editor From 1999-2019 nearly 500,000 Americans this past year have died from overdosing on opioids or drugs such as heroin and fentanyl, commonly used by those who are addicted to opioids.[1] With such a drastic number of individuals overdosing, Pennsylvania has implemented ways of helping those struggling […]

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Pennsylvania Establishes Regional Veterans Treatment Courts 

Pennsylvania Establishes Regional Veterans Treatment Courts 

By Hannah Schaffer, Features Editor Veterans face significant challenges reacclimating to life after the military. Many veterans suffer combat related injuries or mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.  “Nobody understands what [veterans have] experienced,” said Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling in the College of […]

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Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania  

Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania  

By Alexa Glista, Features Editor The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has happened in 18 states and the District of Columbia.[1] The question is whether Pennsylvania will be the 19th. While a majority of Pennsylvania voters support the legalization and regulated sale of marijuana, the state’s laws are among the most […]

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Exploring The New “Autism in The Courts” Taskforce

Exploring The New “Autism in The Courts” Taskforce

By Anabelle Nietupski, Web Editor The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is beginning to formally address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other intellectual disabilities through the advocacy of a taskforce aimed at increasing accessibility.[1]  Specifically, issues stem “[f]rom unnecessary confrontations with police to uninformed judges and needless incarceration” leaving […]

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Commonwealth Court: No Excuse Absentee Voting Requires Constitutional Amendment in Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Court: No Excuse Absentee Voting Requires Constitutional Amendment in Pennsylvania

By David McPeak, Editor in Chief In 2019, Act 77 established no-excuse absentee voting in Pennsylvania. The law provided opportunity for Pennsylvania electors to cast an absentee ballot without having to provide one of the enumerated excuses in the Pennsylvania Constitution for why they must be absent from their polling place on […]

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State and Federal Legislators Challenge Decades Old Supreme Court Abortion Law Precedents from Both Sides of Aisle.

State and Federal Legislators Challenge Decades Old Supreme Court Abortion Law Precedents from Both Sides of Aisle.

Image via unsplash.com By David McPeak, Editor in Chief Should Americans prepare for abortion policy to return to the legislative realm? Currently, the United States Supreme Court is considering whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, which, in 1973, held that states have insufficient interest in the life of an unborn child […]

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