Legal news from Sunday, July 22, 2012

[JURIST] Massachusetts resident Rezwan Ferdaus entered his guilty plea in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] on Friday to charges of plotting to attack the Pentagon [official website] using small remote-controlled airplanes carrying explosives. Ferdaus was charged [FBI report] with six counts last year for … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorneys in two cases challenging the constitutionality of the 2006 renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) [text] filed petitions on Friday with the US Supreme Court [official website] asking it to settle the issue in its upcoming term. The first case, Nix v. Holder [petition, PDF], originates … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday amended regulations to offer same-sex domestic partners of federal employees some retirement benefits. The new regulation [text, PDF] adds "same-sex domestic partners to the class of persons for which an insurable interest is presumed to exist," which allows the employee to designate their partner … [read more]

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