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April 10, 2014 | By Aamera Jiwaji
An Israeli court has punished a Palestinian prisoner whose semen was smuggled from jail. Abdul Karim Rimawi was fined about $1,499 Thursday and deprived of family visits for two months, according to a statement by the Palestinian Prisoner Club Assn. The emailed statement read, "The punishment of Rimawi is the first such kind of punishment in the history of courts. " Rimawi, who has served 12 years of his 25-year sentence, helped smuggle his semen from jail two years ago. Eight months ago, his wife gave birth to a boy.  Clandestine in-vitro fertilization is viewed as the latest form of resistance by Palestinians.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A retired appellate judge in Los Angeles has been tapped by federal courts to make the final decision on which and how many inmates to release from prison if California fails to meet a court-ordered limit on the state prison population. In naming Elwood Lui the compliance officer in the prison crowding case, federal judges also put much of his work out of public view, declaring that his communications with the courts are "confidential and privileged. " Lui did not immediately return calls to his office for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Three men accused of trying to smuggle roughly two tons of marijuana onto the beaches of Malibu in a panga-style boat were charged Tuesday in federal court. Carlos Millan-Rogel, Jesus Aaron Guevara-Moreno and Victor Ayala-Marin face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office. A 20-page affidavit filed with the complaint says the three men were caught by authorities Monday morning on the sand at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu where the boat was found washed up on the sand, leaking gas and smelling strongly of marijuana.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An appeals court on Monday dealt another blow to the Egypt's beleaguered liberal activists, upholding three-year prison terms handed down to a trio of figures known for their role in the country's 2011 revolution.  The three -- Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel -- had been convicted in December of violating a tough anti-protest law that took effect the previous month. The appeals court also upheld heavy fines levied against the trio -- 50,000 Egyptian pounds each, which is more than $7,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, state authorities announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served about 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting at least 40 women and has been held in mental institutions since his release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff's deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car. It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever. "You essentially murdered a part of me and I'll never be able to get it back," the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. "A police officer is supposed to serve and protect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of pulling over female drivers and asking them to have sex with him was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender once he is released. Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest last month to rape and bribery charges, crimes that prosecutors said took place while he was on duty. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010 and allegedly offered not to arrest the driver on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Mideast peace talks remained in deep crisis Thursday as Israel froze plans to release Palestinian prisoners and officials threatened sanctions after the Palestinian Authority's request to join multiple international conventions. When U.S.-brokered peace talks were resumed in July, the Israeli government pledged to release 104 Palestinians serving long-term jail sentences in Israel for crimes committed before the 1993 Oslo accords. In return, the Palestinians committed to suspend for nine months their bid for wider recognition as a state.  But after three waves of prisoner releases, Israel delayed freeing the last group, hoping to link it to a plan to continue the negotiations past the end of April.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A delay in the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel is the latest disruption to the U.S.-brokered peace talks, with backstage efforts underway to break the impasse. When the negotiations resumed in July, Israel agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinians in four stages throughout the talks. In exchange, the Palestinians agreed to refrain from seeking U.N. actions backing their position for the duration of the negotiations. Three groups of prisoners have been freed but Israel has yet to convene the relevant government committee to approve the final group slated for release at the end of March.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
A federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas. Ron Holmes pleaded guilty in December in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a $2.5-million mortgage fraud scheme. Holmes, who played basketball at USC from 1981 to 1985, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must pay $1.7 million in restitution.
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