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Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff appeals 30-year sentence

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana bride who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park is appealing her prison sentence, arguing the judge improperly denied her request to withdraw her plea after a deal with prosecutors unraveled. Jordan Graham, 22, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison by a federal judge after he rejected her move to rescind a guilty plea to second-degree murder that she took to avoid a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.

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.

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.

U.S. Army general apologizes for improper relationships

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who pleaded guilty to mistreating a junior female officer during one of several inappropriate relationships said on Wednesday he felt deep shame and remorse for the selfish acts that hurt his family and the service. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair's admissions of wrongdoing could bring jail time, though not as severe a punishment as he faced before being absolved of sexual assault charges in a plea deal this week.

U.S. general guilty of improper liaisons called 'inspirational leader'

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who admitted he mistreated a female captain during one of several improper relationships with junior officers earned loyalty from soldiers by empowering and inspiring them, supporters testified on Tuesday.

U.S. Army general to fight prison time for improper liaisons

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with several junior officers, including one he pleaded guilty to mistreating during an adulterous sexual affair, will argue on Tuesday against serving jail time for his military crimes.

Washington, D.C., businessman pleads guilty in mayoral campaign scheme

By Tom Ramstack and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital's Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term.

U.S. man pleads guilty to sending ricin to Obama, two others

By Emily le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A Mississippi man accused of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, and then pinning them on an Elvis impersonator, pleaded guilty in U.S. court and agreed to a 25-year jail sentence, the Justice Department announced on Friday.

Plea doesn't bar wrongfully convicted man's suit against New York City : court

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man whose 1998 murder conviction was overturned can sue New York City for violating his constitutional rights even though he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the crime, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. Allegations in Marcos Poventud's lawsuit against the city are strictly related to his trial and "entirely independent" of his later plea agreement, a divided 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

B.C. auditor general says no government interference in paying Basi, Virk bills

VICTORIA - British Columbia's auditor general says the Liberal government's system of paying the legal bills of government officials and employees facing criminal or civil matters isn't perfect, but it's principled and legal. Russ Jones said Wednesday he found no political interference in the government's decision to pay $6 million in legal bills for former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk, who pleaded guilty to four charges including breach of trust and accepting benefits in connection with the sale of Crown-owned BC Rail.
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