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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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Kyrgyzstan seeks to boost prime minister powers through upcoming referendum
[JURIST] The Kyrgyzstan Supreme Council [official website, in Kyrgyz] on Thursday voted in favor of holding a constitutional referendum that would give more power to the country's prime minister. Should the related parliamentary bill be passed [Reuters report] in two more readings, the referendum will be held in December and introduce new constitutional provisions that expand the powers of cabinet and parliamentary leaders. Opponents of the bill have accused the referendum of being a plot to allow President Almazbek Atambayev to assume a prime minister position after his final term ends in 2017. Atambayev's Social Democratic Party [official website, in... Full Story››
Federal judge prevents Arkansas from defunding Planned Parenthood
[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction [order, PDF] against Arkansas' suspension of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood [advocacy website]. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson [official profile] terminated [AP report] the Medicaid funding last year following national controversy ignited by video recordings of Planned Parenthood's practices. That same year, District Judge Kristine Baker forced the state to provide funding to three Medicaid patients who brought suit against the organization. In Thursday's ruling, Baker expanded the ruling to apply to all future Medicaid patients in the state. Baker found that such defunding irreparably harms patients by depriving them of... Full Story››
Supreme Court adds 8 cases to 2016 docket
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight cases [SCOTUSblog report] following its September 26 conference. In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine what level of educational benefit school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [official website]. The petitioner in the case is an autistic child whose parents' dissatisfaction with his education in a local public school prompted them to enroll him in a private school... Full Story››
Nevada top court rules school funding system unconstitutional
The Supreme Court of Nevada [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the funding provision of the state's Education Saving Account (ESA) [official website] program is unconstitutional under the Nevada Constitution [text]. In its opinion the court did not address the merit of the program as a whole, but effectively halted implementation until the financial issue can be resolved. The system would enable parents to access up to $5,000 in funds that would have otherwise been distributed to their child's public education, and put it toward private education and other academic expenses. The court took issue with the fact that... Full Story››
Saudi Arabia condemns passage of 9/11 bill authorizing civil suits for damages
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia [official website] has condemned [press release] the passage of the 9/11 bill [JURIST report], called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) [bill, text], that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to fie civil suits for damages against the country. Pointing out that US' own top leaders, including President Barack Obama [official website], the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of the CIA, opposed JASTA in its current form, the Ministry stated that "the enactment of JASTA is of great concern to... Full Story››