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Leading anti-Mubarak activist sentenced to 15 years -lawyer

By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced leading activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail on Wednesday for violating a protest law and on other charges, his lawyer said, a move likely to outrage human rights groups. Abdel Fattah, 33, became a symbol of the 2011 uprising against President Hosni […]

California man charged with holding girl 10 years pleads not guilty

A Southern California man accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl and holding her captive for a decade of physical and sexual abuse pleaded not guilty on Monday to rape and kidnapping charges and was ordered to remain jailed on $1 million bond. Isidro Garcia, 41, said little during his arraignment before an Orange County Superior […]

Chicago man sentenced to 90 years for beating Irish student

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man was sentenced on Thursday to 90 years in prison for the brutal beating of an exchange student from Northern Ireland that left her unable to walk or speak, in a case that focused attention on violence in the third-largest U.S. city. Heriberto Viramontes, 35, was convicted […]

Abbas rival sentenced to 2 years in absentia

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A court sentenced a leading rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in absentia to two years in prison, effectively sidelining him in a future leadership battle. View full post on Crime and Trials News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Edward Kennedy’s diploma delivered 55 years later

BOSTON (AP) — When Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy agreed to deliver a commencement address at the University of Virginia Law School, he didn’t realize he’d be receiving a diploma too. View full post on Congress News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Seattle lawyer sentenced to 25 years for raping massage therapists

By Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) – A prominent attorney was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping five women at Asian massage parlors in the Seattle area, his lawyer said. The sentence was part of a plea agreement allowing Danford Grant, a 49-year-old, married father of three and former […]

Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to six years for corruption

By Rami Amichai TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel's ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail on Tuesday for taking bribes in a real estate deal, a crime the judge said was akin to treason. The first criminal conviction of a former Israeli head of government all but ended speculation that Olmert […]

Elderly Missouri woman found guilty of killing husband 40 years ago

An elderly Missouri woman accused of killing her husband four decades ago and burying his body in an abandoned Wyoming gold mine was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder, a court official said. Alice Uden, 75, of Chadwick, Missouri, faces 20 years in prison for the shooting death in Wyoming in 1974 or 1975 […]

South Africa marks 20 years of freedom ahead of election

By Ndundu Sithole and Dinky Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa marked two decades of multi-racial democracy on Sunday, still feeling the loss of Nelson Mandela and in somber mood just 10 days before elections which are expected to keep the African National Congress (ANC) party in power. His name was evoked several times by […]

Man who shot at White House sentenced to 25 years in prison

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Idaho man who fired a rifle at the White House in 2011 was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison, lawyers said. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 23, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for firing at least eight rounds with a […]