12 year olds can marry in some parts of the US

Efforts are on by American Lawmakers to overturn some of the country's most archaic laws, which stipulate that children as young as 12 can be married.   In the state of Virginia, it is officially still legal for girls as young as 12 or 13 to be brought to a courthouse with evidence of a pregnancy and wed, a practice that has come under increased scrutiny thanks to the Virginia Senator Jill Vogel R-Fauquier.   Legislation she introduced, which is now moving through the Virginia General Assembly, seeks to raise the minimum age for marriage to 16 to bring it in line with other states - and similar moves are under way in Maryland and New York, where 3,853 minors were married between 2000 and 2010, according to State Health Department data published in the New York Times.   In Virginia itself, according to state health statistics, more than 4,500 minors were married between 2000 and...

Javier Mascherano sentenced to jail over tax evasion charges

TVC E. Javier Alejandro Mascherano is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team, as a defensive midfielder or central defender has been sentenced to a year in prison but is unlikely to ever serve time in jail, after a verdict was reached in his tax evasion case. The Argentine has been fined €815,000 and handed a year's sentence for two counts of fiscal crimes committed in 2011 and 2012, he previously admitted to the offences, repaid the money owed and paid a hefty fine as recompense. After such compliance with the investigation, the court is expected to grant the wish of Mascherano and his lawyer, David Aineto, in suspending the custodial sentence in exchange for a further fine. The Barcelona star said in a statement released on yesterday Thursday 22nd : "I'm a professional sportsman and I don't know a lot about legal and...

Zimbabwe court outlaws early marriage

TVC NEWS ( ZIMBABWE ): Diplomats and activists on Wednesday welcomed news that Zimbabwe's highest court had banned marriage for all under 18s in a landmark ruling many hope will be followed by other countries in Africa. The ruling was delivered Wednesday morning unanimously by all nine judges in Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court - but it took a year for it to be delivered. The new minimum age applies to both males and females. "Good news! great victory for the girls & people of #Zimbabwe #EndChildMarriage," tweeted @UNZimbabwe. British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing is happy about the ruling and so he went on his social page to tweet: "#Zim courts give #ZimGirls a chance at life by saying #NoToChildMarriage #KeepHerSafe". The case was brought by legal watchdog Veritas, and argued by former finance minister Tendai Biti, who is a lawyer. They wanted existing laws which either did not set a minimum age for marriage or...