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Oklahoma lawmakers approve life sentence for cooking hashish

A bill that mandates a sentence of up to life in prison for converting marijuana or marijuana oil into hashish is heading to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s (R) desk after being passed by the state Legislature on Monday. House Bill 1798 makes the conviction of a first time offense of…

Some Gitmo prisoners held without any evidence, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has botched the handling of inmates at Guantanamo, holding men for years without reliable evidence while releasing others who posed a grave threat, according to leaked secret files. The trove of more than 700 classified documents released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks showed US…

Nearly 500 Taliban escape in massive Afghan jailbreak

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – Almost 500 Taliban fighters and commanders tunnelled out of a prison in an audacious jailbreak in southern Afghanistan which the government admitted on Monday was a security “disaster”. The Taliban said it was behind the operation to free the inmates through a 360-metre tunnel into Kandahar…

Prosecutor orders Mubarak be moved to prison hospital

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered on Sunday that ousted President Hosni Mubarak be transferred to a prison hospital in Cairo after a doctor declared him well enough to travel. Mubarak took refuge in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikhafter a popular uprising ended his 30-year rule. He now faces questioning over corruption and murder…

NY allows conjugal visits for inmates in same-sex marriages

The New York state prison system recently changed its regulations to allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions conjugal visits from their partners, as well as a tweak that will allow inmates to visit their partners if they are terminally ill. On the heels of last week’s unprecedented, massive…

US to move WikiLeaks suspect Manning to newer prison

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bradley Manning, a US soldier held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, is being transferred to a new prison facility after intense criticism of the conditions of his detention. The Pentagon on Tuesday announced his imminent transfer to a Kansas military facility it said was better-suited…

Ohio jailhouse killer to be executed Tuesday morning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Clarence Carter, a 49-year-old Ohio man convicted of beating to death another prison inmate after a dispute over what TV channel to watch, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday morning. Carter will be the 12th person executed in the United Statesthis year and the third in Ohio. He…

Australian who threw daughter from bridge gets life sentence

An Australian man who tossed his daughter from a central city bridge in front of her two young brothers and horrified peak-hour motorists was on Monday jailed for life. Arthur Freeman, 37, was convicted of murdering four-year-old Darcey by throwing her from Melbourne’s West Gate bridge on January 29, 2009 amid a…

Wisconsin woman charged with sending bomb, death threats to GOP lawmakers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wisconsin prosecutors filed a four-count criminal complaint on Thursday against a 26-year-old woman, charging her with sending e-mail threats to Republican state senators after they passed controversial curbs on public employee union rights. Katherine R. Windels, of Cross Plains, Wisconsin faces a maximum penalty of three and…

ACLU: Mississippi’s drug enforcement tactics amount to a ‘reign of terror’

Harsh sentencing policies and the use of confidential informants has created a racially discriminatory criminal justice system in Mississippi that harms innocent individuals and erodes the rule of law, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi. Mississippi’s drug laws force…

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