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Montana bride accused in husband's cliff death to be sentenced

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana bride who shoved her husband of eight days off a cliff at Glacier National Park is due to be sentenced on Thursday, and a judge was expected to rule on a defense motion to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge. Attorneys for 22-year-old Jordan Graham on Tuesday asked a federal judge to rescind her guilty plea from December, alleging prosecutors are overreaching by seeking a life sentence and reneging on an agreement that they expected to involve less prison time.

Court decides to reopen 1966 murder case of death row inmate

The Shizuoka District Court decided Thursday to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case in which a former professional boxer has been on death row for more than 30 years for killing four members of a family. The court also decided to suspend the death penalty and permit the release of Iwao Hakamada, 78. Hakamada's release is dependent upon prosecutors agreeing.

Montana bride seeks to drop guilty plea in husband's cliff death

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park asked a judge on Tuesday to withdraw a guilty plea she entered as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid a life sentence, court records show.

Judge orders former NFL star Darren Sharper to remain in jail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former professional football star Darren Sharper, who is accused of drugging and raping two women in California, must remain in jail in Los Angeles pending a possible extradition request from Arizona over sexual assault charges in that state, a judge ruled on Monday.

U.N. may push for special tribunal for N. Korea: source

NEW YORK, March 23 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations may seek to establish a special court to try North Korean leaders responsible for atrocities against people there, a diplomatic source in New York said Sunday. It would be a more realistic way to deal with the issue than a push to bring it to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will apparently be vetoed by China, according to the source.

Crown refuses manslaughter plea from accused killer of York University student

TORONTO - A man accused of killing a York University student from China tried to plead guilty to manslaughter in her death as jury selection began Friday. The Crown would not accept Brian Dickson's plea and will proceed with the trial on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Qian Liu. Judge Anne Molloy explained to the panel of jurors in a Toronto courtroom today that the Crown intended to prove its case that Dickson is guilty of first-degree murder.

Drivers nabbed without seatbelts allowed to raise due diligence defence

TORONTO - Drivers charged with failing to buckle up should be allowed to argue they did everything they could to comply with the law mandating seatbelt use, Ontario's top court ruled Friday. In its decision, the Court of Appeal rejected the idea that the seatbelt law bars a motorist from raising due diligence as a defence. "In the admittedly rare case where the driver has done his or her best to comply (with the law), the injustice of conviction without fault is avoided," the court stated.

Ukraine oligarch sought by US released in Austria on $172.5 million bail

VIENNA - An influential Ukrainian oligarch arrested in Vienna on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offences has been released on 125 million-euro ($172.5 million) bail by an Austrian court. The Vienna state court said Friday that Dmytro Firtash promised not to leave Austria while extradition proceedings are underway and to be reachable to judicial authorities. Firtash was arrested in Vienna on March 12. The U.S. attorney's office says he has been charged in an "international corruption conspiracy" in Illinois.

Army general gets fine, no jail in sex case

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - An Army general who admitted to an adulterous sexual affair and other improper relationships with junior female officers was spared jail and dismissal from the service on Thursday, a sentence critics decried as a failure of military justice.

Japan court awards damages in Ghanian's deportation death

A Japanese court on Wednesday awarded compensation to the family of a Ghanian who died in immigration custody, blaming officials for accidentally killing the man who was restrained with handcuffs and a mouth gag. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the family of Abubakar Awudu Suraj -- who was awaiting deportation at the time of his death in March 2010 -- should receive five million yen ($50,000) in damages, well below the family's demand for 136 million yen.
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