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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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ACLU challenges US on reproductive health rights for immigrant minors
[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties of Northern California [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Friday against the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] (HHS) for allowing religious agencies taking in refugees to refuse female immigrant minors access to reproductive health services, including abortions and birth control. The ACLU contends that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), through HHS, has approved grants to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and other groups with similarly held religious or pro-life beliefs, and allowed these organizations "to refuse on religious grounds to provide information about, access to, or referrals for... Full Story››
UN rights experts concerned over conviction and sentencing of artists in Iran
[JURIST] The UN human rights experts on cultural rights and on freedom of expression, Karima Bennoune and David Kaye [official websites], called Friday for the release of artists [press release] jailed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. In particular, they called upon Iran to release two musicians, Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and a filmmaker, Hossein Rajabian, charged with "insulting Islamic sanctities," "propoganda against the State" and "conducting illegal activities in the audiovisual affaires including through producing prohibited audiovisual material and performing an illegal and underground music site." The three artists, after appeal, were sentenced to three years in prison... Full Story››
Federal judge: Cleveland's protest restrictions for Republican National Convention unconstitutional
[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio [official website], ruled [transcript, PDF] Thursday that Cleveland's time and place restrictions governing protests and marches during next month's Republic National Convention [official website] infringe upon the right to free expression. After listening to arguments, Judge James Gwin ruled the restrictions were not "sufficiently narrowly drawn ... to serve a significant governmental interest." The city's regulations [AP report] had initially placed a large portion of the protest route on a bridge, where there is lack of visibility, and set the hours for protest and marching at... Full Story››
Former UN General Assembly president dies while under corruption investigation
[JURIST] Former UN General Assembly [official website] president John Ashe, who was under corruption investigation by US authorities, died on Thursday after suffering neck trauma. Ashe's death [Guardian report], "traumatic asphyxia," was the result of a weightlifting accident in which he dropped a barbell on his neck. While Ashe had only been charged with tax fraud to this point, prosecutors were planning to bring a new charge against him, despite possible diplomatic immunity to bribery accusations. Cases still remain against Ng and Jeff Yin, his assistant, who are claimed to have helped bribe Ashe. Ashe had served as president from... Full Story››
Federal judge orders school board to allow transgender student to use boys' restroom
[JURIST] Pursuant an order [order, PDF] issued Thursday by a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website], a Virginia school board must allow a transgender student to use the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity. Gavin Grimm, a high school student at a Gloucester County school who identifies as male, will be allowed to use the boys' restroom while the court considers the legal issues of the case. This order comes after a decision [official website] by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] in April, which reversed... Full Story››