ACLU calls for reduction in “redundant” criminal offenses

ACLU calls for reduction in “redundant” criminal offenses

Is the Pennsylvania Crimes Code in need of a re-write?

 

That’s the opinion of researchers at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, who suggest that a decades-long expansion of the Pa. Crimes Code is driving incarceration in the state.

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
ACLU, League of Women Voters file suit to halt 'unconstitutional' Marsy's Law from appearing on ballots in Nov. 5 election

ACLU, League of Women Voters file suit to halt 'unconstitutional' Marsy's Law from appearing on ballots in Nov. 5 election

The state branches of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters announced Thursday they would be filing suit in an effort to stop the victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law from appearing on the ballot next month, arguing its structure is unconstitutional.

Citing language in the state’s constitution mandating that two or more amendments to the constitution must be voted upon separately, the ACLU said the legislature erred in not doing its due diligence in ensuring that Pennsylvanians had the opportunity to understand what they are voting on.

Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Supporters and skeptics gear up for Marsy's Law vote in November

Supporters and skeptics gear up for Marsy's Law vote in November

November is set to bring fall colors, a cold snap or two and something Pennsylvania has not seen for many years--a contentious ballot initiative, as victims’ rights advocates look to enshrine Marsy’s Law into the state constitution.

 

The second consecutive session of passage for the proposal means it will now be up to voters to approve in November whether to constitutionally ensure crime victims are notified of court proceedings, are able to attend key hearings and generally treat the rights of victims as equal to those of defendants.

Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
ACLU announces lawsuit against PA State Police over discriminatory traffic stops

ACLU announces lawsuit against PA State Police over discriminatory traffic stops

After 10 motorists were allegedly targeted by Pennsylvania State Police for vehicle stops due to being Latinx, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania announced that they filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the State Police and the seven troopers involved.

According to ACLU, the police stopped the vehicles and unlawfully detained the motorist and their families while they investigated their immigration status.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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