Legal news from Friday, February 14, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In 2006, Virginia voters ratified an amendment (Article I section 15-A) to the Virginia Constitution [text, PDF], which deemed marriage as a … [read more]

[JURIST] The lower house of Belgian Parliament [official website] 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 [materials, in Dutch], approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [advocacy website] on Thursday announced a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama [official website] on behalf of widower Paul Hard [university profile] challenging Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity Marriage Amendment (Sanctity Laws) which refuse … [read more]

[JURIST] The Thirteenth Texas Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday vacated [opinion, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] 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" [HRW report], with instructions for the government to establish a strategy to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] issued an opinion [ruling, PDF] on Thursday reinstating a shareholder class-action lawsuit against BP Alaska [corporate website] for securities fraud after the case had been dismissed by a lower federal court. The case had been dismissed for inadequate … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bavarian justice minister [official website] Winfried Bausback [official profile, in German] presented a bill on Friday to the German Parliament [official website, in German] that would lift the statute of limitations for certain cases involving stolen property. The law would help [NYT report] Jewish families seeking the return … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Attorney General Githu Muigai told [text, PDF] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Thursday that Kenya would not turn over financial records of President Uhuru Kenyatta [ICC case materials] without a court order in compliance with Kenyan law. Muigai noted specifically that his office was in no … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Thursday ordered 242 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile] 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 [party website; JURIST news archive] who are being charged … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] a California concealed weapons rule [text], 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported [HRW report] 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 … [read more]

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