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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.

Read More› for a description of the program.

The program is also explained on a recent "Ask a Lawyer" television show. Go here to view the program. As of July 16, 216 cases have requested to participate. Go here for a detailed update.


Prosecutors begin closing arguments in Ratko Mladic war crimes trial

[JURIST] Prosecutors before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday began closing arguments [live broadcast] in the trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic [BBC profile]. It is expected that the closing arguments will last over one week and the verdict is expected to come in 2017. This trial marks the last major trial in the tribunal. Mladic began his defense case [JURIST news report] began his defense case before the UN ICTY in 2014. It started with testimony of Mile Sladoje, a former Serb army officer who claimed that he was never... Full Story››

UK Supreme Court hears appeal on Brexit challenge

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Monday began hearing an appeal to last month's ruling [JURIST report] that only parliament has the authority to trigger the UK's exit from the EU. The case centers around the question of whether it is constitutional for Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50 [materials], which is the issuance of formal notice to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Attorney General Jeremy Wright [official profile], speaking for the government, stated that "the Government's case is that it does have legal power to trigger Article 50 on the timetable set out by... Full Story››

UN 'strongly condemns' recent executions in Belarus

[JURIST] A UN Special Rapporteur on Monday "strongly condemn[ed]" [press release] the executions of three men in Belarus last week. Citing the executions as a confirmation of the "the persistent disregard for human rights in the country," the expert asserted that the country should have stayed at least two of the executions until their cases, which were pending before the UN Human Rights Committee, could be decided. The Human Rights Committee has oversight over the compliance of Belarus with its obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [text]. Therefore, the expert argued that Belarus was "obliged" to... Full Story››

Pentagon announces transfer of Guantanamo detainee to Cape Verde

The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] Sunday that Shawqi Awad Balzuhair will be transferred from Guantanamo Bay to the government of Cape Verde, a small country off the Western coast of Africa. Balzuhair was first captured [detainee profile, PDF] in Pakistan on September 11, 2002. The Periodic Review Board determined [text, PDF] that "continued law of war detention of the detainee is no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States." The report acknowledges that Balzuhair's involvement in extremism was of a low-level fighter and that he... Full Story››

Federal judge orders Michigan recount of presidential ballots

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered [text, PDF] Michigan to proceed with a presidential ballot recount early Monday morning. The recount was originally scheduled to start December 2 but was delayed due to objections [complaint, PDF] filed by President-elect Donald Trump [official website]. Although Trump's objections were rejected by the Michigan State Board of Canvassers, there was a mandatory delay of 2 business days pursuant to Michigan state law before officials could begin the recount. Green Party candidate, Jill Stein [official website], sued the state on the grounds that the mandatory delay... Full Story››