Juris Features

The Modern Unionization Movement

The Modern Unionization Movement

By Jacob Schramm, Features Editor November 17, 2022, was “Red Cup Day” at Starbucks locations across the country, on which customers received a reusable red cup with their purchase.[1] At over one-hundred locations, more than a thousand employees participated in the Starbucks Workers Union’s largest single-day strike.[2] The following day, pictures of […]

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Pennsylvania Rethinks Juvenile Justice

Pennsylvania Rethinks Juvenile Justice

By Hannah Schaffer, Editor-in-Chief In December 2019, the Juvenile Justice Task Force was established by Governor Tom Wolf and Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor. The Juvenile Justice Task Force was co-chaired by Senator Lisa Baker, Senator Jay Costa, Representative Tarah Toohill and Representative Mike Zabel.[1] Members of the Task […]

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Should Pennsylvania Courts Allow False Confession Expert Testimony?

Should Pennsylvania Courts Allow False Confession Expert Testimony?

By Felicia Dusha, Features Editor Photo courtesy of pixabay.com To date, 375 people convicted of crimes in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing.[1] Of the 375 people, about 30 percent confessed to crimes they did not commit.[2] Experts on false confessions have studied these cases and compiled data on […]

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New Texas Social Media Law Challenges First Amendment Precedent

New Texas Social Media Law Challenges First Amendment Precedent

By Alexa Glista, Features Editor On September 9, 2021, House Bill 20  was signed into Texas law.[1] HB 20 forbids social media firms, which are defined as social media platforms that in one calendar month have more than 50 million active users in the United States, from punishing or putting restrictive measures (removing, demonetizing, […]

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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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