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English judges uphold prison terms for life

England's Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld the principle of jail terms for life, following a European ruling that left judges unsure whether they could still impose the punishment. Five judges found that whole-life sentences were "entirely compatible" with the European human rights convention. So-called "lifers" cannot be released from prison except at the discretion of the justice secretary or on compassionate grounds.

English judges uphold prison terms for life

England's Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld the principle of jail terms for life, following a European ruling that left judges unsure whether they could still impose the punishment. Five judges found that whole-life sentences were "entirely compatible" with the European human rights convention. So-called "lifers" cannot be released from prison except at the discretion of the justice secretary or on compassionate grounds.

English judges review life sentences after ECHR ruling

England's Court of Appeal began a review of whole-life prison sentences on Friday after they were condemned by European judges as "inhuman and degrading". The outcome of the review, which is expected at a later date, risks igniting a fresh row between British politicians and the European Court of Human Rights. Five appeal judges are hearing bids by two killers currently serving whole-life tariffs, which means they cannot be released except at the discretion of the justice secretary or on compassionate grounds.

California teen gets life for Lamborghini heist, attempted murder

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A northern California teenager was sentenced to life plus 21 years in prison on Thursday for attempted murder and an elaborate heist of a Lamborghini owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, an attorney for the defendant said. Max Wade, 19, from the San Francisco Bay-area town of San Rafael, was sentenced to life with a possibility of parole for shooting into a truck carrying his former love interest and her boyfriend in April 2012, his attorney Charles Dresow said.

India top court commutes 15 death sentences due to delays

India's Supreme Court commuted the sentences of 15 death row convicts on Tuesday, ruling that "inordinate and inexplicable" delays in their execution were grounds to change their sentences to life imprisonment. Human rights lawyers hailed a decision which puts strict new conditions on carrying out the death penalty, and could dramatically reduce its use. "Unexplained delay is a grounds for commuting death penalty to life sentence," read a ruling from a three-judge panel headed by Chief Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam.

Over 13,000 prisoners freed in Myanmar under pardon order

The Myanmar government has released a total of 13,274 prisoners under a pardon announced by President Thein Sein last week, state media reported Monday. The 11,124 men and 2,150 women were released from various prisons across the country on Friday, after the pardons were issued under a presidential order announced the day before, the state-run New Light of Myanmar daily reported, quoting figures from the Home Ministry.

California woman who killed pimp as teen is free on parole

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman who served nearly two decades in prison for killing her pimp at age 16 was released on parole on Thursday, after becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders. Sara Kruzan, 35, left the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla before dawn, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said in a statement.

California woman who killed pimp at age 16 set to be freed

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman who has served nearly two decades in prison for murdering her pimp when she was 16, becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders, could be freed this week after Governor Jerry Brown upheld her parole. The impending release of Sara Kruzan, now 35, from the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla was hailed as a watershed moment by activists who have fought on her behalf for more than five years.

Sentence reduced in 1993 Florida killing of British tourist

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing a British tourist in a botched robbery that touched off an international furor 20 years ago had his life sentence formally reduced to 40 years on Friday. Aundra Akins, now 34, could be out of prison in 12 years if he continues his clean disciplinary record behind bars.

Australian drug mule step closer to release

Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby could be freed from a Bali prison within months after the corrections board on the Indonesian resort island said Saturday it had recommended her for parole. The board said the 36-year-old should be released from Kerobokan jail to serve out the rest of her 20-year sentence on the island living with her sister. The recommendation had been made to the justice ministry on Friday, in part based on Corby's "good behaviour", Bali corrections board chief Ketut Artha told reporters.
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