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WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Three veteran activists of Egypt's 2011 revolution told a court Monday that they were suffering abuse at the hands of their jailers and that they were even beaten up by the prison guards bringing them to court. The allegations by the well-known figures highlighted the worsening plight of detainees in Egypt's jam-packed prisons. Thousands of people have been imprisoned since July, when the military-backed interim government took over, and human rights groups have cited a deluge of what they describe as credible accounts of maltreatment.
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OPINION
March 9, 2014 | By John Kiriakou
The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't enforcing the Espionage Act only against political opponents. I'm one of the people the Obama administration charged with criminal espionage, one of those whose lives were torn apart by being accused, essentially, of betraying his country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
An Irvine woman who stole $285,000 from a group of nuns and then spent it all in just 64 days was sentenced Friday to 37 months in federal prison. Linda Rose Gagnon, 59, had promised to help the Roman Catholic sisters buy a retirement home, but instead used the money in a spending spree, paying for pet-sitting services for her dog, gourmet meals and lease payments for an Audi TT sports cars, according to the U.S. attorney's office. The Irvine resident was found guilty in November of three counts of wire fraud for defrauding the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus & Mary, an order devoted to educational and charitable work.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Two police officers on Monday were given 10-year prison terms in the killing of a young Egyptian activist whose gruesome death in 2010 galvanized outrage over police brutality and helped fuel the massive uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The sentences, handed down by a criminal court in the port city of Alexandria, followed a retrial of the two officers, who previously had been convicted and sentenced to shorter jail terms. That verdict was later overturned. The victim, Khaled Said, was beaten to death in what witnesses described as a vicious attack by police.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The two men are best friends, a burly odd couple pounding down meaty sandwiches at a steakhouse here. The mood was heavy. One will soon take a long trip to a place the other has been before, where the beds are hard and so is the time. In a few weeks, former Hells Angel Charles "Pee-wee" Goldsmith, 57, will enter the state prison system for a stretch of two to five years - convicted on a host of charges following a 2008 brawl at a downtown wedding chapel between rival motorcycle gangs.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- Despite the presence of an FBI agent in the room, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev made a “statement to his detriment” while his sister was visiting him in prison, federal prosecutors say. Prosecutors revealed the incident in a filing Friday that argued that special rules governing Tsarnaev's prison conditions should remain in place. The rules, called special administrative measures, limit who can communicate with Tsarnaev, allows the government to be present while certain people visit him, and place restrictions on who his defense team can share information with.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
A business executive who stole nearly $400,000 from the rock band Pearl Jam was sentenced Friday in Washington state to 14 months in prison. Rickey Goodrich, former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam's management company, pleaded guilty in December to six counts of first-degree theft "for using company accounts to pay personal debts and fund lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines," according ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Huber Matos Benitez, whose disenchantment with the Cuban Revolution he had helped lead brought him the wrath of Fidel Castro and 20 years in prison, died Thursday in Miami after a heart attack. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his grandson, Huber Matos Garsault. In 1952 Matos was a teacher and rice farmer in his early 30s when Gen. Fulgencio Batista led a coup that overthrew democratically elected President Carlos Prio Socarras. Hoping to restore democracy to his country, Matos took up arms against Batista's forces.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Two Muslim extremists who butchered a young British soldier on a busy London street in full view of stunned passersby were sentenced Wednesday to long prison terms, including life without parole for the leader of the attack. A judge harshly denounced the men for planning and carrying out a frenzied public “bloodbath” for maximum effect, saying that Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale's “sickening and pitiful conduct” warranted severe punishment. Adebolajo, 29, is to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
WORLD
February 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A U.S.-born inmate in an Israeli prison shot and wounded three guards Sunday before being killed by a SWAT team that responded to the attack. Israeli media identified the shooter as Samuel Sheinbein, convicted of the killing of 19-year-old Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr. in Maryland in September 1997. Sheinbein was 17 at the time of the killing. According to media reports, Sheinbein made a bathroom stop while being transferred from one cell to another in the Rimonim prison in central Israel, a maximum security jail.
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