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Legal news from Wednesday, April 6, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on Tuesday signed a bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal domestic partnerships. House Bill 1649 amends current law that acknowledges out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions, but excludes same-sex marriage. The Senate approved the bill by a 28-19 vote last week …

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by Sarah Posner

The trial for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi 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 the trial. Berlusconi faces charges for abusing the power …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Idaho legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit most abortions 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 20 weeks, and would permit abortions after that …

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by Aman Kakar

Amnesty International (AI) released a report 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 of authorities to the mounting death tolls as woefully inadequate. …

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by Matt Glenn

The Court of Appeals of Virginia on Tuesday upheld 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 the Fourth Amendment generally requires a warrant in such …

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by Julia Zebley

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters Tuesday that he is willing to investigate alleged war crimes in the Ivory Coast, but a lack of referrals is impeding the process. Moreno-Ocampo said that his office is "concerned" with recent reports of 1,500 casualties during the …

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