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Legal news from Sunday, July 22, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

Massachusetts resident Rezwan Ferdaus entered his guilty plea in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Friday to charges of plotting to attack the Pentagon using small remote-controlled airplanes carrying explosives. Ferdaus was charged with six counts last year for his plot against the Pentagon and attempts to provide support …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Attorneys in two cases challenging the constitutionality of the 2006 renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) filed petitions on Friday with the US Supreme Court asking it to settle the issue in its upcoming term. The first case, Nix v. Holder, originates from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) using …

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by Keith Herting

The Obama administration on Friday amended regulations to offer same-sex domestic partners of federal employees some retirement benefits. The new regulation 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 as a recipient to their annuity after they pass away. …

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