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Legal news from Friday, February 14, 2014
by Maria Coladonato

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday struck down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In 2006, Virginia voters ratified an amendment (Article I section 15-A) to the Virginia Constitution, which deemed marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. Judge Arenda …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The lower house of Belgian Parliament gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would extend the country's euthanasia law to certain cases of terminally ill minors. The legislation, approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminally ill …

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by Michael Finley

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of widower Paul Hard challenging Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity Marriage Amendment (Sanctity Laws) which refuse to recognize same sex marriages performed outside the state. Hard …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Thirteenth Texas Court of Appeals on Thursday vacated a lower court's holding that Nikki Araguz, the transgender widow of a firefighter who died in 2010, was a man at the time of her marriage, thus invalidating the union. The lawsuit was originally brought by Simona Longoria, mother of Thomas Araguz, and subsequently joined by …

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by Amy Mathieu

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Somali government on Thursday to adopt reforms to help prevent sexual violence against women and provide support for victims. HRW released a report, "Here, Rape is Normal", with instructions for the government to establish a strategy to reduce sexual violence in the country. The report lays out …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on Thursday reinstating a shareholder class-action lawsuit against BP Alaska for securities fraud after the case had been dismissed by a lower federal court. The case had been dismissed for inadequate pleading in the lower court. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit …

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by Amy Mathieu

The Bavarian justice minister Winfried Bausback presented a bill on Friday to the German Parliament that would lift the statute of limitations for certain cases involving stolen property. The law would help Jewish families seeking the return of stolen art and other valuables from Nazis. Under the …

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by Matthew Pomy

Kenyan Attorney General Githu Muigai told the International Criminal Court (ICC) Thursday that Kenya would not turn over financial records of President Uhuru Kenyatta without a court order in compliance with Kenyan law. Muigai noted specifically that his office was in no way to obstruct the ICC investigation and was merely following …

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by Matthew Pomy

Egyptian authorities on Thursday ordered 242 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi to face new trials in relation to the violent protests against the new government. Most of the individuals are low level members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are being charged for storming government buildings in Assiut. Another part …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a California concealed weapons rule, ruling it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The rule required concealed weapons applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon, be of "good moral character," and complete …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday reported that Libya has failed to grant due process rights to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other detained former government officials. On January 23 HRW interviewed Gaddafi, who revealed that he and the other detainees have been denied access to legal counsel. Moreover, he claimed they were not afforded an …

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