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After Jailed Nobel Laureate's Cancer, China Relents

Liu Xiaobo received medical parole after learning of late-stage liver cancer: lawyer

(Newser) - Jailed Nobel Peace laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday. Liu was in stable condition at China Medical University's No. 1 Affiliated Hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, lawyer Mo Shaoping told... More »

OJ Simpson Could Be Free in October

He's got a parole hearing on July 20

(Newser) - OJ Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1, a state parole official said Tuesday. Simpson, now 70, has served more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence imposed after he was found guilty in 2008 of armed... More »

After Nearly 10 Years in Prison, Possible Freedom for OJ

Nevada inmate has parole hearing set for July

(Newser) - For nearly 10 years, OJ Simpson has called Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center home, the Reno Gazette-Journal notes. In July, however, Simpson may get a present just as his 70th birthday rolls around, depending on the results of a parole hearing the state's Department of Corrections has announced will... More »

NY Leftist Radical Denied Parole After 35 Years

She took part in 1981 robbery that left 3 dead

(Newser) - New York's Parole Board has denied the release of a former Weather Underground leftist radical who drove a getaway car in a 1981 Brinks armored car robbery that left three people dead. Judith Clark has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for the suburban New York heist, which... More »

He Handed Over Some Rope, Spent 40 Years in Prison

David Goodwin to walk free on May 2

(Newser) - David Goodwin has been in prison in Florida for 40 years for his role in the 1977 quadruple homicide known as the "Sandy Creek murders." For 32 of those years, his fiancée has been patiently waiting for his release. The day is finally about to arrive. Goodwin,... More »

Judge Rules to Free 'Pristine' Inmate Who Had Hubby Killed

He overturned parole board ruling in Laurie Kellogg case

(Newser) - In the 26 years she has been in prison for her role in the 1991 murder of her husband, Laurie Kellogg has been "as pristine and perfect as a prisoner can be," a New York judge said Thursday, ordering the release of the woman whose case became the... More »

OJ Simpson Could Be Out of Prison by October

'Model inmate' is up for parole

(Newser) - OJ Simpson's nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in an armed hotel room robbery could see him behind bars in a Nevada state prison until 2041—or freed as soon as this October. This is the first year in which Simpson will be eligible for parole, and lawyers say there'... More »

Cops: Man Who Shot Officer Is Newly Paroled Gang Member

He allegedly opened fire on police after car accident in Whittier, California

(Newser) - "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be," says a California police chief after a gang member paroled earlier this month allegedly killed a relative and a police officer . At least two officers had responded to the scene of a vehicle accident in Whittier... More »

Man Convicted in Canada's Deadliest Mass Killing Is Free

Air India bomb maker Inderjit Singh Reyat granted parole

(Newser) - After two decades behind bars and a year in a halfway house, the only person ever convicted in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 is free in Canada. Inderjit Singh Reyat, an Indian immigrant and former member of an extremist group fighting for an independent Sikh homeland, was... More »

Parole Board: Release Charles Manson Follower

Gov. Jerry Brown will have final decision on Bruce Davis

(Newser) - Charles Manson's "right-hand man" may have been denied parole recently , but another of his followers now has the chance to walk free. A California parole panel determined Wednesday that 74-year-old Bruce Davis, who's serving a life sentence in California Men's Colony prison in San Luis Obispo... More »

Mark David Chapman's Parole Denied—Again

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time, can try again in 2 years

(Newser) - Nearly 36 years after he shot John Lennon dead, Mark David Chapman is still trying to get out of prison—and an upstate New York parole board is still denying him that chance, per the Hollywood Reporter . The 61-year-old, who's said to have learned how to fix wheelchairs during... More »

Court: Jaycee Dugard Can't Sue Feds Over Parole Officers' Blunders

'While our hearts are with Ms. Dugard, the law is not'

(Newser) - Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped as an 11-year-old and held captive for 18 horrifying years by a man who was supposed to be supervised by parole officials because of a conviction for another kidnapping. A federal court, however, has ruled that no matter how badly parole officers may have bungled... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

Klansman Who Killed 4 Girls Up for Parole

Thomas Blanton has served only 15 years for deadly 1963 church bombing

(Newser) - A Ku Klux Klan member currently serving four life sentences in Alabama for murdering four black girls in 1963 is up for parole after serving only 15 years, AL.com reports. Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2001 of planting a bomb outside a Birmingham Baptist church that killed an 11-year-old... More »

DA: Deny Parole for 'Manipulative' Manson Follower

Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown says Leslie Van Houten has no remorse for LaBianca murders

(Newser) - The Los Angeles district attorney is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reject parole for a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, the AP reports. District Attorney Jackie Lacey released a letter Tuesday she sent to Brown saying that Leslie Van Houten should stay in prison for her role in the... More »

Teen Who Killed Girlfriend's Parents in 2010 to Walk Free

Victims' family members are outraged

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy fatally shot Darlene Nevil, 46, twice on Aug. 17, 2010, then shot her husband five times. With a bullet lodged in his throat, Alan Nevil, 48, climbed out a window and reached a neighbor's yard in Garland, Texas, before identifying the boy as his stepdaughter's... More »

Court Rejects Jaycee Dugard's Suit Against Feds

Court: She was not an identifiable victim when captor was given parole

(Newser) - A US appeals court has dismissed Jaycee Dugard's lawsuit alleging the federal government failed to properly monitor her captor while he was on parole before her abduction. Phillip Garrido was on parole for kidnapping and forcible rape when he and his wife, Nancy, abducted 11-year-old Dugard in 1991 and... More »

Boy Tells Judge Why Mom Should Stay in Jail

'I have seen what she did to my dad,' 10-year-old writes

(Newser) - Bradyn Takach's mother is in prison and that's exactly where the 10-year-old Ohio boy wants her to stay. In a letter to a judge in Warren County, Bradyn explains why he doesn't want Shannon Smith to be awarded early release at a hearing this week, WLWT reports.... More »

Woman Fights to Keep Man Who Gave Her HIV Behind Bars

'It’s not fair that he can get out in 6 years and can do this to somebody else'

(Newser) - Katharine Richards was in a three-year relationship with Lonnie Shane Tabor—she had even lived with him—when she came home from a vacation to learn that he had been arrested for attempted sexual assault. A detective told her Tabor, now 50, was HIV-positive. Richards, now 43, knew Tabor had... More »

He Was Handed Life in Prison for Pot; Now He's Free

Jeff Mizanskey: 'It's like a dream come true'

(Newser) - After 21 years behind bars, served as part of a life sentence for three marijuana convictions, one of Missouri's rarest inmates will finally walk out of prison. Jeff Mizanskey —sentenced to life without parole in 1994—will be greeted by family members as he leaves Jefferson City Correctional... More »

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