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Joseph Sabino Mistick is a lawyer, law professor and political analyst. He lives in Squirrel Hill.

March of the Penguins

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When President John F. Kennedy said, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required,” he could have been referring to the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. So far, he would have been left wanting. The Penguins have been ladled ...

A not-so-grand jury

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
What most folks know about grand juries comes from the news photos of public figures arriving to testify before them. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently was snapped doing just that on a rainy day near Norristown. Under a bright ...

The old Pittsburgh way

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Amidst the near-constant chatter about the “next” Pittsburgh and the “new” Pittsburgh, the “old” Pittsburgh came through for us again last week. U.S. Steel’s decision to build its new world headquarters on the old Civic Arena site is a bit ...

The politics of immigration

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Go ahead. Impeach him. Make our day.” That spin on Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry is the response of some Democrats, expressed hopefully and in private, when Republicans vow to impeach President Obama for taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants now ...

A letter to Dada

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
It is the greatest form letter ever written. One was sent to Joseph “Dada” Sabino in late 1945, arriving at his mother’s house on Pitcairn ...

Wolf, Corbett stayed true to their word

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This is a tale of two conversations. The one with Tom Wolf occurred before the 2014 primary campaign even began. The one with Tom Corbett took place just weeks after he was elected governor, nearly four years ago. Together, they ...

The morning after the election

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Come Wednesday morning it will all be over. Suddenly, there will be no more rallies, there will be no more failed attempts to be in three places at once and fried fish, kolbassi and hot sausage sandwiches no longer will ...

Swift justice

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Meteorologists tell us that lightning can strike on a sunny day. And when it happens, folks talk about little else. And so it is with the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery by his fellow justices last week. ...

Fear not

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address in 1933, famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” It was a rallying cry for all Americans to shake the malaise and anxiety brought on by the ...

It’s ‘T’ time in the race for Pa. governor

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This is right about the time that Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign strategists are hunched over a map of Pennsylvania, wondering from where their votes might come. Far behind in the polls, they need something big to happen ­— a game-changer ...

Early education more than a footrace

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the “Seinfeld” episode “The Race,” Jerry runs a footrace against his old high school rival Duncan to finally settle who is the faster sprinter. In ninth grade, Jerry got away with starting early, jumping the gun and beating Duncan. ...

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