Mubarak Trial on Two-Month Hold

The trial of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has been adjourned until Dec. 28 while a separate court decides whether to change the judge on the case. Attorneys for the victims of Mubarak's alleged crackdowns say the judge, Ahmed Refaat, is not firm enough and didn't allow them adequate time to question Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, effectively the interim head of Egypt since he heads the army council now ruling the country. Leaks of Tantawi's testimony suggest that he tried to absolve Mubarak for allegedly killing about 850 protesters during the uprising that toppled him in February. The trial must start over with a new judge if the objection is upheld.