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Legal news from Saturday, April 30, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

Gary Tyler was released from Louisiana's notorious Angola prison on Saturday after serving 41 years of an unconstitutional life sentence for the death of a white high school student resulting from a racially charged confrontation. Tyler spent eight years of his sentence in solitary confinement in Angola, a prison known for harboring racial tensions and considered among the …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) announced its agreement with various state chartered credit unions in Puerto Rico whereby the maturity date of approximately $33 million of notes issued in a limited private exchange will be extended by one year to May 1, 2017. According to GDB's statement the private exchange was originally …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Thai police confirmed Saturday that eight people have been charged with sedition and computer crimes in relation to Facebook posts in opposition of the government. The activists were detained on Wednesday for comments concerning Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and criticisms of the controversial draft constitution. Two of the activists are charged in …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of North Korea on Friday sentenced US citizen, Kim Dong-chul, to 10 years in prison and hard labor on charges of subversion and espionage. Kim, 62, was a resident of Virginia before moving to China for business in 2001. He was living close to the North Korean boarder when he was detained in October. Kim …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former Schutzstaffel (SS) guard in the Auschwitz death camp between 1942 and 1944, apologized to Nazi victims at his trial in Detmold, a small town in West Germany. Hanning, who is accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people at the camp, stated that he is "ashamed" of his …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The North Gauteng High Court in South Africa on Friday ordered that the 2009 decision to discontinue the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma on 783 corruption charges be set aside, and that Zuma and his codefendants pay the full costs of the ligation brought forth by an opposing political party, Democratic Alliance (DA). The …

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