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Gore Daughter Rejects Plea Deal in Trespass Case

She says she won't stay away from Boston pipeline protest

(Newser) - Karenna Gore isn't backing down from Boston's fracking pipeline protests. Al Gore's daughter, who was arrested after blocking pipeline construction during a protest last month, has rejected a plea deal on trespassing charges that would have required her to stay away from the natural gas pipeline site... More »

Snowden: I'm Willing to Serve Prison Time

NSA Whistleblower is 'still waiting' to hear from authorities

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower on the lam? Indeed, but he's also willing to return to the US and serve time if authorities will cut him a deal, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the BBC show "Panorama," Snowden says he's offered to make such a... More »

High School QB Charged Over Naked Pics ... of Himself

Cormega Copening, 17, could have become a sex offender

(Newser) - An American teenager had nude photos of himself and his girlfriend on his smartphone—which is legal, right? Not in North Carolina, where authorities slapped Cormega Copening, 17, with felony charges and did the same for his 16-year-old girlfriend, Brianna Denson, who had nude photos of herself on her phone,... More »

Prison for Soccer Player Who Killed Ref With Punch

Plea deal will have Bassel Saad serve to 8 to 15 years for John Bieniewicz's death

(Newser) - A recreational soccer player charged in the one-punch killing of a referee during a game has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in which he would serve eight to 15 years in prison, a defense lawyer says. Cyril Hall says his client Bassel Saad plans to offer a plea... More »

'Good, Absurd' News for Woman Jailed Over Warning Shot

Marissa Alexander released from prison as part of a plea agreement

(Newser) - Initially sentenced to 20 years behind bars, Marissa Alexander is out after three. The Florida mother of three—who fired what she said was a warning shot at her estranged husband during a fight in 2010—was released Tuesday as part of a November plea deal. She pleaded guilty to... More »

Bieber's Penalty for DUI Arrest: Anger Classes

State attorney: this was 'rash, juvenile-type conduct'

(Newser) - What's Justin Bieber's punishment for his DUI arrest back in January? Anger management classes, apparently. The singer pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and careless driving, rather than to the initial DUI charge. In exchange, he'll sit through 12 hours of anger management classes, donate $50,000 to... More »

Sex Assault Charge Dropped in General's Deal

Jeffrey Sinclair pleads guilty to lesser charges

(Newser) - Defense attorneys say an Army general has agreed to a plea deal that includes the dropping of sexual assault charges against him . A news release today from lawyers representing Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair says that he will plead to lesser charges in exchange for having the sexual assault charges dropped... More »

Ariel Castro to Spend Rest of Life in Prison

He accepts plea deal; case will not go to trial

(Newser) - Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison. The Cleveland man, accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, has accepted a plea deal, reports the AP . He will plead guilty and be handed a sentence of life without parole plus 1,... More »

US Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 5 Fellow Troops

Plea deal will allow Sgt. John Russell to avoid capital punishment

(Newser) - US Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty today to intentionally murdering five fellow servicemen and women in Iraq in 2009, as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. The judge hasn't decided whether or not to accept the plea deal yet, though he... More »

It's Official: BP Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Judge accepts deal, despite objections from victims' families

(Newser) - Corporations are people, my friend, and that means they can commit manslaughter. After listening to testimony from relatives of the 11 workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge today approved BP's plea deal , allowing the oil giant to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges, the... More »

Judge to Lindsay Lohan: Plea Deal Means Jail

But she's expected to accept the deal anyway

(Newser) - Looks like Lindsay Lohan is going to wind up in jail after all, if even for a brief spell, reports TMZ . Prosecutors offered her a plea deal today—reportedly for six months behind bars—on charges that she stole a necklace . The judge made clear that if she accepts, she... More »

Paris Cops Plea, Avoids Jail

But if she violates probation on cocaine rap, she faces prison

(Newser) - Paris Hilton managed to avoid a second stint in jail … for now, at least. She copped a plea in her cocaine possession case today, the AP reports, pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in exchange for a sentence involving $2,000 in fines, 200 hours of community service, a drug... More »

Burress Pleads Guilty, Gets 2 Years

(Newser) - Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree this morning, as part of a plea deal that will send him to prison for two years, Newsday reports. “Unfortunately, there was no legal defense we could offer,” his attorney said. Burress will... More »

Levi's Mom Pleads, Will Likely Get 3 Years

Takes a plea deal in exchange for shorter sentence

(Newser) - Sherry Johnston, the woman the world has to thank for the existence of Levi Johnston, is headed off to the pokey after taking a plea deal yesterday in her OxyContin-dealing case that will likely land her behind bars for three years, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Johnston pleaded guilty to... More »

'Hope' Artist Cops Plea in Vandalism Case

(Newser) - Street artist Shephard Fairey plead guilty today to three counts of vandalism for displaying stickers and posters around Boston without permission, the Globe reports. He must pay a fine and is prohibited from carrying the tools of his trade—like wheat paste and brushes—in the county for 2 years.... More »

Brown Cops to Assault, Avoids Jail

(Newser) - R&B star Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault today and will get 5 years’ probation but no jail time, TMZ reports. Also included: Six months of labor, mandatory court visits every three months, and a restraining order keeping him 50 yards from his victim, singer Rihanna, at all... More »

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