Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

Sep 23, 2014

Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence

An outspoken scholar who championed China’s Uighur minority was convicted of separatism Tuesday by a Chinese court and sentenced to life in prison, according to the scholar’s lawyers. The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court convicted Ilham Tohti after a heavily guarded two-day trial that ended ...

Jailed American lived enigmatic life

Sep 22, 2014

Jailed American lived enigmatic life

by James Pearson and Ju-min Park

Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named “Preston Somerset,” acquaintances who met or worked with him say. The 25-year-old native of Bakersfield, California, did not seem to have ...

North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

Sep 14, 2014

North hands U.S. detainee six years of hard labor

by Eric Talmadge

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years’ hard labor for “hostile” acts, two weeks after he and two other detained Americans had pleaded for help from Washington. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, becomes the second American serving a ...

Terrorism plotter Padilla gets new 21-year sentence

Sep 10, 2014

Terrorism plotter Padilla gets new 21-year sentence

Convicted al-Qaida terrorism plotter Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen jailed for years as an enemy combatant, was handed a new 21-year prison sentence Tuesday because an appeals court determined his previous 17-year term was too lenient. A jury found Padilla guilty in 2007 on ...

Duo with mental disabilities freed after 30 years in U.S. prison

Sep 3, 2014

Duo with mental disabilities freed after 30 years in U.S. prison

Two mentally impaired half-brothers were freed Tuesday after serving three decades in a U.S. prison for the rape and murder of a child that they did not commit. A judge in Robeson County said that Henry Lee McCollum, 50, North Carolina state’s longest-serving death-row ...

U.S. woman sentenced over death by injecting silicone into buttocks

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. woman sentenced over death by injecting silicone into buttocks

A Mississippi woman convicted of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttock injections has been sentenced to life in prison. Tracey Lynn Garner of Jackson, Mississippi, was sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty of depraved-heart murder, also known as callous disregard for human ...

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

Aug 27, 2014

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin’s army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was ...