The Berks County Bar Association is closed on Thursday, March 5 because of weather conditions. We will open on Friday, March 6.
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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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HRW: Afghanistan donors must urge prosecution of human rights violations
[JURIST] Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated in a report [text, PDF] issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of bringing officials and members of the Afghan security forces to justice. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani [BBC profile] has announced that he plans to prosecute these individuals and end the country's official tolerance of torture, but HRW states that Ghani will need the support of the international community to do so.... Full Story››
Supreme Court hears arguments on congressional redistricting
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the Elections Clause [text] of the US Constitution permits the state of Arizona to adopt a commission to draw congressional districts. Until 2000, the state legislature in Arizona had the task of redrawing congressional district lines after a census. However, voters of the state were not happy with the system, as it is common for the political party in power to use their... Full Story››
Supreme Court to hear extortion and spousal guarantors cases
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Ocasio v US [docket], two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of car accidents to take their automobiles to the brothers' repair shop. Though the brothers, along with numerous police officers charged in the scheme, pleaded guilty after an FBI investigation, police officer Samuel Ocasio pleaded not guilty and was given a joint trial with another police officer. Ocasio was found guilty... Full Story››
UN rights chief urges renewed dedication to inalienable human rights
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights [press release]. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must therefore renew, by the strongest action, our dedication to the reality of inalienable and universal human rights, to end discrimination, deprivation, and the seemingly inexhaustible litany of conflicts and crises that generate such terrible and needless suffering." He said he was particularly dissatisfied with how member states were treating the... Full Story››
UN rights expert urges Malaysia to improve efforts against human trafficking
[JURIST] UN human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on Monday urged the Malaysian government [press release] to make improvements to its efforts to combat human trafficking. At the conclusion of her first visit to Malaysia, Giammarinaro said [statement] that there are currently several million undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia. Although the legal framework to prevent and combat trafficking is in place in Malaysia, she said that "the challenge is now to make the whole mechanism more effective and able to deal with the ever changing features of trafficking, especially concerning its labor dimension." Giammarinaro added that the increase in the... Full Story››