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Judge Turns Down Boy's Plea to Keep Mom in Jail

Judge agrees to Shannon Smith's early release next December

(Newser) - "Hopefully she can start to mend her relationships and reunite with her children," Shannon Smith's lawyer said Wednesday after an Ohio judge granted her early release from prison, where she's serving 10 years for the slaying of her children's father. Smith's 10-year-old son, Bradyn—... More »

Early Release for Pistorius Blocked

South Africa justice minister says decision to let him out was 'premature'

(Newser) - Looks like Oscar Pistorius may have a slight delay before he gets to chillax in mansion prison . The Paralympian's early release tomorrow has been blocked by Michael Masutha, South Africa's justice minister, who says that while the country's law dictates releasing inmates after they've served one-sixth... More »

24 Years Later, Science Overturns Arson Conviction

Han Tak Lee imprisoned for allegedly murdering daughter

(Newser) - In 1990, Han Tak Lee was convicted of murdering his daughter. Now, almost a quarter-century later, a judge says the 79-year-old's conviction rested on a scientific inaccuracy—and the former New York businessman is finally out of prison, the AP reports. According to a review of his case finished... More »

Convicted Murderer Freed by Accident in Chicago

Steven Robbins just 8 years into 60-year sentence for murder, weapons

(Newser) - Police are hunting for a convicted murderer after he was mistakenly released from custody in Chicago, where he was sent to face a drug charge while serving a 60-year prison sentence in Indiana. Indiana Department of Corrections officials said Steven L. Robbins, 44, was sent to Cook County Circuit Court... More »

Frenchwoman Freed From Mexico Prison After Outcry

Florence Cassez had been sentenced for kidnapping

(Newser) - A Frenchwoman whose 60-year Mexican prison sentence caused international controversy was released from jail yesterday. Florence Cassez was sentenced in 2005 for her role in a kidnapping gang after television showed her arrest as three victims were freed. But the segment was staged by police: In fact, she'd been... More »

America's Longest-Serving Female Inmate Freed

Betty Smithey spent 49 years in prison for murdering 15-month-old

(Newser) - With the help of a cane, Betty Smithey walked out of prison yesterday after 49 years behind bars, following the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency's declaration that she was no longer any threat to society. It was a day that for decades seemed unlikely to ever come. Smithey was... More »

Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Freed From UK Prison

British officials call him a threat to national security

(Newser) - Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric whom British officials say is an al-Qaeda figurehead and a threat to national security, was freed from an English prison into virtual house arrest late today, British media reported. Judicial officials acknowledged earlier in the day that the 51-year-old extremist preacher's release from... More »

Shoe-Tosser Released, Says 'I Was Tortured'

Reporter al-Zeidi leaves prison after tossing shoe at Bush last year

(Newser) - The Iraqi reporter who was locked up for throwing his shoes at George W. Bush says he was tortured in prison, the BBC reports. He was released today after nine months in a Baghdad jail, Reuters notes, and says he plans to identify those officials who tortured him. Relatives say... More »

Freed Saberi Arrives in Austria

Journalist promises to give details on case after recovering from prison ordeal

(Newser) - Freed US journalist Roxana Saberi arrived in Austria today after leaving Iran, AP reports. A beaming Saberi—released this week after spending four months in an Iranian jail accused of spying—thanked all of her supporters. "Both journalists and non-journalists around the world supported me very much and it... More »

Smiling Saberi 'Happy' to Be Free

Father says she battled 'psychological pressure' in prison

(Newser) - Journalist Roxana Saberi says she’s “very happy” to be free and reunited with her parents and today thanked those who helped win her freedom from an Iranian prison, the AP reports. One of her lawyers said her conviction was partially because she had visited Israel, illegal for Iranian... More »

Fawcett Son Sprung to See 'Gravely Ill' Mom

(Newser) - In a sign that Farrah Fawcett's condition may be deteriorating, her son Redmond O'Neal received a get-out-of-jail pass this weekend to visit her, E! reports. “A judge signed a removal order,” a Los Angeles Sheriff’s spokesman said. “It happens sometimes for a funeral or if someone... More »

Error Sends Former Radical Back to Jail

5 days after Olson's release, prison officials cite clerical mistake

(Newser) - Five days after her release from prison, police today re-arrested a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army and said she had to serve another year. Authorities said they made a clerical error and freed Sara Jane Olson too soon, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Olson, 61, had served six... More »

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