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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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South Africa court denies government's bid to withdraw from ICC
South Africa's High Court [official website] on Wednesday blocked [judgment] the government's attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. High Court Judge Phineas Mojapelo found that the "decision by the national executive to deliver the notice of withdrawal of South Africa from the Rome Statute of the ICC without prior parliamentary approval is unconstitutional and invalid." Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the denial was mostly procedural. Masutha went on to say that this ruling merely amounted to a delay and that it would not stop [Reuters report] the government's bid to withdraw. Earlier this month leaders... Full Story››
Supreme Court hears arguments on cross-border shooting
The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Tuesday on the cross-border shooting of a Mexican citizen by a US Border Patrol Agent. In Hernandez v. Mesa [transcript, PDF], the court is considering the extraterritorial application of the Fourth Amendment [text]. The court is also considering the application of qualified immunity depending upon legal status and the application of Bivens v. Six Unknown Federal Narcotics Agents [opinion] in this case. Petitioners argued that Fourth Amendment constraints should apply when there is a cross-border shooting involving a federal law enforcement officer on US soil resulting in an injury that is... Full Story››
Dutch lower house approves bill allowing cultivation of cannabis
The lower house of the Dutch parliament on Tuesday voted [vote, in Dutch] 77-72 to approve a bill [text, in Dutch] that would tolerate the cultivation of cannabis. Possessing and buying the drug at shops has been tolerated in the Netherlands but the selling and growing of the drug and selling the plant to the shops has remained illegal. Proponents of the bill have argued that it will allow for quality standards, free up police resources and allow tax revenue. The bill passed the lower house along party lines [AP report] with none of the 17 political parties being split... Full Story››
Federal judge blocks Texas plan to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [text, PDF] on Tuesday to halt Texas' plan to cut Medicaid [official website] funding for Planned Parenthood [advocacy website]. The injunction prevents the state from cutting funding until a trial is held. Judge Sam Sparks based his decision heavily on the merits of the case and the evidence presented by the state, the majority of which came from an eight-hour video released in 2015 by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress [advocacy website], which was previously investigated by grand jury... Full Story››
Supreme Court remands case on service dog in elementary school
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday remanded [opinion, PDF] a dispute over an elementary school student's service dog to the lower court. In Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools [SCOTUSblog materials], a child with cerebral palsy attempted to bring her trained service dog with her to kindergarten. The school stated that the school staff could perform all of the required services that the service dog would perform, thus meaning that the service dog was not required at the school. After the parents filed suit in the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights [official website], the school stated it... Full Story››