Articles by: Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA

Child Sex Abuse Survivors in PA. Denied Legal Relief as Emergency Effort Fails

Child Sex Abuse Survivors in PA. Denied Legal Relief as Emergency Effort Fails

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Survivors of child sexual abuse will have to wait until at least 2023 for the public to consider whether to grant them a special window to sue their perpetrators over conduct that happened many years ago and was, in many cases, systematically covered up. FULL ARTICLE
Hopes Dim That PA. Lawmakers Will Push Through Emergency Relief for Clergy Abuse Victims

Hopes Dim That PA. Lawmakers Will Push Through Emergency Relief for Clergy Abuse Victims

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Prospects are dimming in the legislature to employ a rarely used, emergency tactic so voters can decide this spring whether survivors of decades-old sexual abuse should have a chance to sue the perpetrators and institutions that covered up the crimes. FULL ARTICLE
During Height of Coronavirus Pandemic, Pa. Lawmakers Still Cashed in Big on Meals, Lodging

During Height of Coronavirus Pandemic, Pa. Lawmakers Still Cashed in Big on Meals, Lodging

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Within weeks of the first coronavirus cases last spring, as large swaths of Pennsylvania’s economy shut down, the state legislature followed suit, allowing most of its members to vote remotely. FULL ARTICLE
The Placeholder: Meet the Man Wolf Taps to (Temporarily) Hold Key Appointments

The Placeholder: Meet the Man Wolf Taps to (Temporarily) Hold Key Appointments

HARRISBURG, Pa. — On paper, Thomas Yablonski Jr. is a man of many talents. FULL ARTICLE
Spotlight PA, Inquirer Sue to Unseal Records in Ex-Democratic State Lawmaker’s Embezzlement Case

Spotlight PA, Inquirer Sue to Unseal Records in Ex-Democratic State Lawmaker’s Embezzlement Case

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Five years after former State Rep. Leslie Acosta quietly pleaded guilty in an embezzlement scheme, much of the case against her remains under a shroud of secrecy. FULL ARTICLE
Wolf Administration Refuses to Release Details After Failure Derails Pa. Clergy Sex Abuse Relief

Wolf Administration Refuses to Release Details After Failure Derails Pa. Clergy Sex Abuse Relief

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Wolf administration had no system in place to prevent an apparent administrative mistake like the one that derailed a statewide vote on legal recourse for survivors of decades-old sexual abuse, Spotlight PA has learned. FULL ARTICLE
There’s Another Path for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse to Get Justice. It Faces an Uphill Climb in the Legislature.

There’s Another Path for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse to Get Justice. It Faces an Uphill Climb in the Legislature.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — When Republican state Rep. Jim Gregory learned Monday from Gov. Tom Wolf that an administrative error will delay a decision on whether survivors can sue for decades-old sexual abuse, he broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. FULL ARTICLE
A Pa. Dept. of State Error Means Some Sex-Abuse Victims Will Again Have to Wait for Justice

A Pa. Dept. of State Error Means Some Sex-Abuse Victims Will Again Have to Wait for Justice

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s top election official will resign after her agency made a mistake that will delay a statewide vote on whether survivors of decades-old sexual abuse should be able to sue the perpetrators and institutions that covered up the crimes. FULL ARTICLE
Acting Pa. Victim Advocate Resigns After Rejection by GOP-Led Senate

Acting Pa. Victim Advocate Resigns After Rejection by GOP-Led Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s chief advocate for crime victims announced Friday that she will resign her position, saying it was “untenable” to remain in the high-profile job amid a political feud with legislative Republicans. FULL ARTICLE
New Pa. GOP Leader Pushes Transparency Reforms Despite Party’s Past Reluctance, Obstruction

New Pa. GOP Leader Pushes Transparency Reforms Despite Party’s Past Reluctance, Obstruction

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In his first speech as top leader of the Pennsylvania Senate last week, Republican Sen. Jake Corman positioned himself as a reformer seeking to restore faith in government by greatly increasing transparency in the legislature and by elected lawmakers. FULL ARTICLE