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Legal news from Monday, February 13, 2012
by Jamie Reese

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation Monday legalizing same-sex marriage, making Washington the eighth jurisdiction in the US to offer marriage to same-sex couples. Washington had previously granted expanded domestic partnership rights rather than full marriage or civil union rights to same-sex couples. Gregoire's signature completed a campaign for marriage rights …

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by Jamie Davis

The trial of seven of nine indicted Hutaree militia members began with jury selection and opening statements Monday in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. Nine members of the militia were indicted in March 2010 on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, …

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by Jamie Reese

The first trial of alleged Indonesia bomber Umar Patek began Monday in the West Jakarta District Court over his role in several terrorist plots including the Jakarta church bombings in 2000 and the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing. Patek was arrested in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011, just a few weeks before US special forces killed …

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by Sarah Posner

The Greek Parliament approved austerity measures late Sunday, securing a second bailout for the country to avoid bankruptcy amidst rioting and violence in downtown Athens. A total of 199 lawmakers voted for the measures with 74 members of parliament voting against the package. Protesters clashed with police outside parliament after the vote, looting …

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by Sarah Posner

The Supreme Court of Pakistan charged Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with contempt of court Monday for disobeying a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani appeared before the court and pleaded not guilty, saying he will fight the charges. The Supreme Court claims …

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