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Busy Italian Judge Defers Case Until 2019

A judge in Italy has postponed the hearing of a lawsuit until 2019, arguing that he does not have time for the case in the next three years and will not be enslaved by the judicial system. Two business owners caught up in a $218,000 legal dispute have already been waiting since September 2014 to settle their case at the civil court in Taranto, in the heel of Italy’s boot. Judge Alberto Munno scheduled their next hearing for 18 January 2019. Prolonging such a heavy workload “would entail an inadmissible pressure on the inviolable human rights of the magistrate,” said Munno. The judge said he had already worked the maximum days allowed under the constitution.



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