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Legal news from Monday, May 10, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The accused leader of the Toronto 18, Fahim Ahmad, unexpectedly switched his plea to guilty on Monday in the midst of his Canadian trial on terrorism charges. Ahmad is on trial with Steven Chand and Asad Ansari as the last members to be prosecuted for their involvement in the Toronto …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The National Mediation Board (NMB) on Monday issued a new labor rule 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 voters. The new rule marks a departure from 76 years …

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by Ximena Marinero

Zimbabwe's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed terrorism and other charges against Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett. Bennett, a close ally of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai ally and opponent of President Robert Mugabe, …

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by Matt Glenn

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 in prison and coerced into making false confessions. Two men were tried …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. If confirmed by the US Senate, Kagan would replace Justice John Paul Stevens when he retires at the end of the current …

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by Matt Glenn

US Attorney General Eric Holder 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 an attorney. Holder's announcement came after many criticized …

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