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Legal news from Wednesday, April 6, 2011

[JURIST] Washington Governor Chris Gregoire [official website] on Tuesday signed a bill [materials] recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] as legal domestic partnerships. House Bill 1649 amends current law [AP report] that acknowledges out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions, but excludes same-sex marriage. The Senate [official website] approved the … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive] on charges that he paid an underage prostitute for her services was adjourned Wednesday only 10 minutes after opening in Milan. Berlusconi and Moroccan-born teenager Karima El Mahroug, known as Ruby, did not attend … [read more]

[JURIST] The Idaho legislature [official website] on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill [SB 1165, PDF] that would prohibit most abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of gestation. The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" is based on disputed medical evidence suggesting that a fetus can feel pain after … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text; PDF] on Wednesday urging the international community to pressure Yemeni authorities to investigate the death of protesters. The report chronicles reports of beatings and use of excessive force by security forces including shootings of peaceful protesters. AI criticizes the response … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a conviction where police officers used a GPS device to track the movement of a suspect in a string of sexual assaults without obtaining a warrant. The state's second highest appellate court failed to address whether … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] told reporters Tuesday that he is willing to investigate alleged war crimes in the Ivory Coast [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], but a lack of referrals is impeding the process. Moreno-Ocampo said that his office is "concerned" … [read more]

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