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Virginia reaches $520,000 settlement over attorney's fees in same-sex marriage case
January 30, 2015
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms worke....... [more]

Former CIA officer convicted of espionage
January 27, 2015
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with insid....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage in West Virginia: What's Next?
January 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Huard Fershee, of West Virginia University College at Law, discusses the legal and social issues within West Virginia's struggle to uphold same sex marriage ...Same-sex marriage supporters in West Virginia?and several other states?went to bed on Sunday night....... [more]

UN rights expert urges legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions
December 1, 2014
UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan has urged states attending the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, to commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The twentieth session of the globa....... [more]

Federal judge orders South Carolina officials to stop enforcing same-sex marriage ban
November 12, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held tha....... [more]

Judge officially ends West Virginia ban on same-sex marriage
November 8, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers wr....... [more]

Virginia judge rules police can require suspect to unlock cell phone with fingerprint
November 1, 2014
A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass codes. Judge Steven Fru....... [more]

AG Holder announces federal recognition of same-sex marriage in six states
October 26, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 32....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

Georgia judge denies death row inmate's challenge to state intellectual disability standard
October 2, 2014
A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual disa....... [more]

West Virginia judge delays ruling on same-sex marriage ban
September 18, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Thursday delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Chambers stated that the case, brought on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple, has issues that....... [more]




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