VIRGINIA: ‘ JUDGE SENTENCES BOB MCDONNELL TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR CORRUPTION ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post:VIRGINIA: Jan.06: ​Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia, was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to two years in prison for accepting lavish gifts from a wealthy donor while holding office.

United States District Court Judge James R. Spencer announced his ruling just shy of 3 pm local time early on Tuesday, four months and two days after a jury there found Mr McDonnell and his wife guilty of public corruption charges. The Twitter account for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia confirmed the ruling shortly after.

“I stand before you as a humble and heartbroken man,” McDonnell told the court on Tuesday ahead of the judge’s decision, according to journalist Jeff Goldberg.“I can’t fathom any deeper humiliation for me and my family”

Going into court on Tuesday, McDonnell faced a maximum sentence of 12 years. Judge Spencer unexpectedly reduced the outcome range during the hearing, however, and said the governor would only face upwards of eight years behind bars since he did not obstruct justice or accept more than a certain amount of bribes, according to Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky. According to Kathy Hieatt, a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, Judge Spencer sentenced McDonnell to two years on each of the 11 charges he was convicted of, but said he could serve them concurrently, citing the governor’s military service and calling him a “good and decent man.” After he is eventually release from prison, McDonnell will be on supervised release for another two years, Hieatt tweeted from court.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of at least 10 years for the former governor, while Mr McDonnell’s attorneys hoped the court would consider probation and community service. His wife, Maureen, was found guilty of nine counts and is expected to learn her fate next month.

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Mr McDonnell’s counsel filed a ruling on Monday this week in which the court was asked to preserve the former governor’s freedom pending appeal since they planned to challenge the sentencing as soon as possible. According to the Washington Post, McDonnell’s lawyers said their appeals will raise “substantive legal questions” during what the paper predictedto be a sure-to-be-lengthy ordeal before the Fourth Circuit.

According to Zapotosky, the Virginia Republican will have to report to prison by February 9.

In September, the former governor was found guilty on 11 of 13 counts of corruption concerning exchanges he had while in office with Jonnie Williams Sr., the former chief executive of a dietary-supplement business who showered the McDonnells with roughly $177,000 in extravagant gifts and loans in exchange for government favors.

Mr McDonnell, 60, served as a Republican member of the House of Delegates from 1992 to 2006, then served one term as the state’s attorney general before successfully running for governor in the 2009 elections. McDonnell’s only term as governor of the commonwealth concluded on January 11, 2014, and a grand jury indicted him and his wife only 10 days later.

Since September, Judge Spencer has received nearly 450 letters urging leniency with regards to sentencing the governor,according to Politico, and appeals from the likes of US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican.

“I can say with no uncertainty that Bob McDonnell is the most ethical, honest and faithful public servant I have ever worked with,” Phil Cox, a former McDonnell aide who later led the Republican Governors Association, stated in a letter to the court, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“His promising political career is over, he is virtually bankrupt, his family is in a shambles and he and his family have endured more public humiliation than any family should have to endure, regardless of what they are accused of doing,” pleaded Joseph F. Damico, a friend of the governor’s since high school.

But Robin Trujillo, a juror during the corruption case, told WVEC that she was disturbed by the pleas.

“We talked, we went through documents about the testimony and looked at all the evidence. It was just overwhelming. It was also just staring us in the face,”Trujillo said.“It was not just some small little thing. It was major and it went on for a very long time.”

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TEXAS: ‘ RISE & RISE OF WHITE SUPREMACY JIHADIST GANG ARYAN BROTHERHOOD ‘

#AceNewsServices – TEXAS:Dec.19 – Ten Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members and associates were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in the violent ABT enterprise, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

'Aryan Brotherhood of Texas', one of the most infamous gangs -Screenshot from 2014-12-19 18:36:19 '

‘Aryan Brotherhood of Texas’, one of the most infamous gangs -Screenshot from 2014-12-19 18:36:19 ‘

According to information presented in court, the 10 defendants were admitted members and associates of the ABT, a powerful race-based organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States. 

Along with other ABT gang members and associates, they agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang. 

ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things.

An anonymous writer provided a story on the Daily Beast back in 2013 about the rise of and threat of ABT  in an extract provided below:  

Four people have been killed since the beginning of the year in a series of shootings that appear to be connected to the homegrown jihadists of the Aryan Brotherhood. Mike McLelland, the district attorney of Texas’s Kaufman County, and his wife, Cynthia Woodward, became the latest victims this past weekend. Before that, McLelland’s former colleague Mark Hasse was shot in January. Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements was gunned down in mid-March. 

The ABT was established in the early 1980’s within the Texas prison system.  The gang modelled itself after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960’s. 

Previously, the ABT was primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism, but over time, the ABT has expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit, according to court records.

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PHOENIX: ‘ NAVAJO MAN SENTENCED TO 168 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR CHILD ABUSE ‘

#AceNewsServices – PHOENIX:Dec.19 – On Dec. 15, 2014, Pernell Corna Sam, 38, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 14-years’  imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

Sam pleaded guilty on Aug. 14, 2014, to one count of assault on a child resulting in serious bodily injury.

Sam’s co-defendant, Shonya Sam, also pleaded guilty to one count of assault on a child resulting in serious bodily injury, and was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment on July 1, 2014.

Between Jan. 7 and Jan. 11, 2013, Pernell Sam and Shonya Sam, both members of the Navajo Nation, physically abused a seven-year old relative resulting in serious injuries.

The victim was hospitalized and continues to undergo therapy as a result of her injuries.

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BAHRAIN: ‘ DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS FOR TEARING UP A PICTURE OF KING ‘

#AceNewsServices – BAHRAIN – Dec.06 – On December 04 2014 Bahraini pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja was sentenced to three years in prison for tearing up a picture of King Hamad BBC Middle East reported. 

' Democracy Activist Zainab al-Khawaja '

‘ Democracy Activist Zainab al-Khawaja ‘

A court gave her the option of paying a fine to remain at liberty until her appeal.

Ms Khawaja, who comes from Bahrain’s most prominent dissident family, faces other cases next week.

Amnesty International said it would consider Ms Khawaja “a prisoner of conscience” if she were jailed.

“Tearing up a photo of the head of state should not be a criminal offence,” Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Said Boumedouha said.

“Amnesty International is calling for this and all of Zainab Al-Khawaja’s other convictions to be quashed and all outstanding charges to be dropped.”

The dual Bahraini and Danish national has been detained several times since pro-democracy protests erupted in the Gulf island nation in 2011.

Ms Khawaja was released from prison in February, after spending nearly a year behind the bars for participating in an illegal gathering and insulting police.

She reportedly refused to appeal before higher courts because she believed that Bahrain’s judiciary was controlled by the government. She also refused to pay bail.

Earlier this week, her younger sister, Mariam, received a one-year sentence in absentia on charges of assaulting police officers.

Ms Khawaja’s father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, is serving a life sentence for his part in anti-government protests in 2011.

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GERMANY: ‘ COURT JAILS FIRST JIHADIST MILITANT MEMBER OF ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Dec.05 – A court on Friday jailed a jihadist militant for three years and nine months in Germany’s first trial of a member of the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.

' Kreshnik Berisha '

‘ Kreshnik Berisha ‘

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, was found guilty of membership of a foreign terrorist organization, AFP quoted presiding judge Thomas Lagebier as saying.

Berisha, who was born near Frankfurt to a family from Kosovo, admitted in court to having joined Islamic State and taken part in fighting in Syria.

Federal prosecutors said Berisha travelled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013 with other Islamists who were planning to join the fight.

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LEBANON: ‘ WOMAN DETAINED BY ARMY WAS NOT AL-BAGHDADI’S WIFE’

AceWorldNews – LATEST – Dec.03 – An Iraqi official said Wednesday that the woman detained earlier this week by Lebanon’s army was not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but instead the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq.

“The one detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi who is detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in … explosions,” ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters.

Lebanese security officials said on Tuesday that they had detained the unidentified woman who had been traveling without a passport. 

The officials also said that they had detained al-Baghdadi’s son.

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‘ JUDGE SENTENCES WOMAN FOR KILLING THREE CHILDREN BY SMOTHERING ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – A woman who killed her three children by smothering them has been detained under a hospital order.

' Tania Clarence Sentenced to Detention Hospital Order '

‘ Tania Clarence Sentenced to Detention Hospital Order ‘

Tania Clarence, 43, of New Malden, south-west London, admitted the manslaughter of three-year-old twin sons Ben and Max, and daughter Olivia, aged four, due to diminished responsibility.

The children, who all had type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, were found at their home on 22 April.

She was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Mr Justice Sweeney told Clarence she would not be released until she had recuperated from her illness.

During sentencing he said the mother had been “overwhelmed” by her family’s situation including witnessing medical interventions and procedures she felt were unnecessary.

He told the court she had a history of mental illness and was vulnerable at the time but had been of previous good character and there was “clear and convincing” evidence she was suffering a “major depressive episode”.

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‘ RIYADH SPECIAL CRIMINAL COURT SENTENCE THREE MEMBERS OF AL-QAEDA TERROR CELL TO DEATH ‘

#AceNewsServices – RIYADH – Nov.18 – A special criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced to death three members of a terror cell for killing 20 people and injuring 35 others at the Oasis Residential compound in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province, and the Al-Mohayya complex in Riyadh in separate attacks.

Five were each handed 30-year jail terms.

The victims of the terror attacks included BBC photographer Simon Cumbers. His colleague Frank Gardner was critically wounded and is now wheelchair-bound.

There were also Saudi civilians and policemen among the victims.

'Al-Qaeda had assigned him and others to storm the Oasis complex in 2004 '

‘Al-Qaeda had assigned him and others to storm the Oasis complex in 2004 ‘

The first defendant, N. Boqami, chief of Cell 86, said Al-Qaeda had assigned him and others to storm the Oasis complex in 2004.

They had been told that US forces had kidnapped and detained several Sunni Iraqi women during the 2003 invasion.

However, he denied all other 27 charges against him, including storming into a facility of the APICORP and the Oasis compound carrying grenades, assault rifles and revolvers on May 29 and holding 45 hostages.

The state contends that he was accompanied by Al-Qaeda members Turki Al-Motairi and Abdullah Al-Sobaie during the operation.

The charge sheet accused them of killing 10 people of various nationalities including two industrial security officers and a cop. It was also claimed that they were party to the assault and murder of 12 and injuring 20 security officers in an encounter at the Waha compound.

The state also accused Boqami of ascribing to the takfiri ideology — to declare other Muslims non-believers — questioning the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah and the creed of the early Muslim ummah.

Source: Arab News – BBC World News  

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ PROSECUTORS APPEAL FOR 15 CREW MEMBERS OF FERRY DISASTER ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – South Korean prosecutors said on Tuesday they would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew-members of a capsized ferry.

Judges sit to preside over a trial of crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young joon/Pool

Judges sit to preside over a trial of crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young joon/Pool

Earlier on Tuesday, they were given prison terms ranging from five to 36 years. Ace News reported. 

The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide.

However, he was found guilty of negligence and sentenced to 36 years in jail.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the captain.

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‘ JAPANESE MAN RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCE FOR DESIGNING AND PRINTING A 3D GUN ‘

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN – October 25 – A Japanese man has become the first person to receive a prison sentence for designing and printing a 3D gun.

'Japanese man becomes first person to be jailed for making gun from 3D printer '

‘Japanese man becomes first person to be jailed for making gun from 3D printer ‘

Yoshitomo Imura, 28, downloaded and printed five plastic guns, two of which could fire real bullets.

He was arrested in May at his home in Kawasaki and on Friday was given a two-year sentenced for creating a deadly firearm by the Yokohama District Court in Japan, a country with extremely strict gun laws.

The former employee of the Shonan Institute of Technology is believed to be the first person to serve jail time for printing 3D guns, which are a growing concern for police around the world.

He also released 3D design data for his guns in videos posted to YouTube, which the ruling Judge Koji Inaba described as “vicious,” according to The Japan News.

He added that he had “flaunted his skills and knowledge and attempted to make gun controls toothless.”

In one video posted last year, Imura assembles the .38-caliber handgun from plastic 3D printed pieces, a few metal pins, screws and rubber bands, then test fires it with blanks.

“Freedom of armaments to all people!!” he writes in the video’s description. “A gun makes power equal!!”

It is thought Imura purchased the 3D printer for about $636.09 online.

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` Mumbai Rape ` Accused ‘ are ` Sentenced to Death’ in Landmark Decision for Rape does not Include Death of Victim ‘

#AceWorldNews – MUMBAI – April 04 – Three men were sentenced to death on Friday for two gang rapes last year in Mumbai, Reuters reported.

They included an attack on a photojournalist that sparked protests in the city.

A Mumbai court sentenced Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Mohammed Salim Ansari to death, the first time capital punishment has been given for rape not involving the death of the victim.

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#Bahrain :`Court sentences a `Shiite Protester to Death’ & Jails Six Others for Life’ for killing a Policeman’

#AceWorldNews says that a court in Bahrain on Wednesday sentenced a Shiite protester to death and jailed six others for life after they were convicted of killing a policeman a year ago, AFP reported.

Two others were sentenced to five and six years in prison respectively on similar charges.

Police officer, Mohammad Atef, died on February 14, 2013, after he was hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with protesters in a village near the capital.

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” Lee Seok-ki is Sentenced in a `South Korean’ court under a `Rare Treason Trial’ to Twelve Years in Prison”

#AceWorldNews says according to latest reports a South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison, AFP reported.

A rare treason trial saw Lee Seok-ki, 52, convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea. Prosecutors had demanded 20 years for the MP, who was tried along with six other members of his left-wing United Progressive Party.

They were sentenced to terms ranging from four to 12 years. Lee was the first member of the National Assembly to face treason charges since the country’s transformation from a military-backed autocracy to a fully-fledged democracy in the 1980’s.

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