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Legal news from Monday, May 10, 2010
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The accused leader of the Toronto 18 [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Fahim Ahmad, unexpectedly switched his plea to guilty on Monday in the midst of his Canadian trial on terrorism charges. Ahmad is on trial [Toronto Star report] with Steven Chand and Asad Ansari as the last [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The National Mediation Board (NMB) [official website] on Monday issued a new labor rule [text, PDF] that will make it easier for airline and railroad workers to unionize. Under the new rule, the union must only win a majority from votes cast, rather than a majority from all eligible [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Supreme Court [court website] on Monday dismissed terrorism and other charges against Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Bennett, a close ally of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] ally and [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti court on Monday acquitted eight men accused of planning to attack a US base 70 miles south of Kuwait city whom Kuwaiti authorities say have ties to al Qaeda. Defense lawyer Mohammad al-Kundari claims that the six men arrested were subjected to torture [AFP report] in prison [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Monday nominated [press release] Solicitor General Elena Kagan [official profile; JURIST news archive] to the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive]. If confirmed by the US Senate [official website], Kagan would replace Justice John Paul Stevens [official profile; JURIST news archive] when [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said Sunday that the Obama administration plans to ask Congress to enact legislation allowing interrogators to question terror suspects for a longer period of time than currently allowed before informing them of their constitutional rights to remain silent and be represented by [read more]

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