Legal news from Monday, February 13, 2012

[JURIST] Washington Governor Christine Gregoire [official website] signed legislation [HB 6239] Monday legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder], making Washington the eighth jurisdiction in the US to offer marriage to same-sex couples. Washington had previously granted expanded domestic partnership rights [JURIST report] rather than full marriage or civil union rights to … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of seven of nine indicted Hutaree [CNN backgrounder] militia members began with jury selection and opening statements [case docket] Monday in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan [official website]. Nine members of the militia were indicted [JURIST report] in March 2010 on charges … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [BBC backgrounder]. Patek was arrested [Jakarta Post report] in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Greek Parliament [official website, in Greek] 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 [Bloomberg report] with 74 members of parliament voting against the package. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] charged Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with contempt of court Monday for disobeying a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. Gilani appeared before the court and pleaded not guilty, … [read more]

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