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O.J. Simpson granted parole but still serves for other charges in prison

(Reuters) – O.J. Simpson has been granted parole in Nevada on charges of kidnapping, robbery and burglary with a firearm but the former football star will remain in prison on other counts, under a ruling released on Wednesday by the state Board of Parole Commissioners. The board stated it was…

China’s Nobel laureate leaves jail briefly: brother

China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was briefly allowed out of prison last month after his father died, his brother told AFP, in an unusual break in the dissident’s 11-year term. Liu Xiaoxuan said his elder brother “was sent back home on September 18″ to mark the seventh…

Conservative legislation mill a driving force behind private prisons

The private industry group ALEC, which creates form legislation that’s been copied and passed by Republicans in numerous states, has been a driving force behind the rise of the private prison industry in America. This brief legislative analysis, by Main Street Insider, explains how that came to be and what…

CIA using secret Somalia prison facility: report

WASHINGTON — The US Central Intelligence Agency is using a secret facility in Somalia for counterterrorism purposes as well as a secret prison in the Somali capital, the magazine The Nation reported Tuesday. The report said the CIA has “a sprawling walled compound” on the coast of the Indian Ocean…

Israel deports two Palestinian activists, but 118 still in custody

JERUSALEM — Israel deported two pro-Palestinian activists overnight, but another 118 were still in custody after flying into Israel as part of a pro-Palestinian protest, an Israeli official said Sunday. “A couple of Belgians were returned overnight, and 118 pro-Palestinian activists are still being held in our prisons,” immigration service…

Texas executes Mexican citizen despite protests

Texas carried out the controversial execution of a Mexican national who was denied his consular rights, ignoring calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government. Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, is one of at least 51 Mexicans on US death rows who were not informed after their…

Libyans ‘executed’ for shunning Kadhafi rally: relative

Hours after thousands packed Tripoli’s Green Square cheering for Moamer Kadhafi, Mohammed said the still warm body of his nephew was dumped outside the family home with two bullets in his head. Mohammed told AFP why he is certain 30-year-old’s Ahmed’s fate was sealed while green flags were waving on…

US fraudster Madoff says sentence too harsh

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff, sentenced to 150 years in jail for the biggest financial scam in US history, on Tuesday said the judge in his case had made him a “human pinata” and passed an overly harsh sentence. “Maybe the judge felt, ‘Well, he’s 70 years old, so even…

Second Blackwater guard jailed over Afghan civilian killing

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge sentenced a former Blackwater security guard on Monday to 30 months in prison for shooting and killing an Afghan citizen in 2009. The judge also ordered 29-year-old Justin Cannon to serve two years of supervised release after his prison term ends. Cannon and a…

Supreme Court rejects Abu Ghraib detainees’ abuse appeal

The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal from former detainees at Abu Ghraib, the Baghdad prison U.S. military forces shared use of with the Iraqi government between 2003 and 2006. The detainees wanted to sue U.S. contractors for abuse in interrogation situations, Politico reported. The plaintiffs, Iraqis who had been…

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