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Legal news from Saturday, February 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia certified a class action lawsuit on Friday challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. "The amended proposed class ... meets the requirements of numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation," US District Judge Michael Urbanski said in his ruling. "Accordingly, the court will …

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by Matthew Pomy

The African Union (AU) called Saturday for African countries to "speak with one voice" against the trials of sitting heads of state in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The statement comes in relation to the trial of two current heads of the Kenyan government, Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his deputy, William Ruto …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued a joint statement Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances was struck down earlier this month for provisions …

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by Matthew Pomy

The trial of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi for inciting the murder of several protesters resumed on Saturday. Morsi appeared with 14 co-defendants before the court for the alleged acts committed at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in December 2012. Morsi continues to reject the charges by claiming the court has no jurisdiction because he is …

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