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Woman's Rikers Nightmare Ends in Plea Deal

Candie Hailey, 32, spent more than 2 years in solitary

(Newser) - Candie Hailey's horrific experience with Rikers Island—which included solitary confinement, suicide attempts, and smearing feces on herself—has finally ended in a plea deal, the AP reports. The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to non-criminal charges Monday for her behavior at Rikers, where she served 29 months awaiting a trial... More »

Even if Guilty, Adnan Syed of 'Serial' Got a Bad Deal

Op-ed: His case illustrates problem with our informal plea-bargaining system

(Newser) - Is Adnan guilty? Fans of the podcast Serial are familiar with the question, revolving around whether Adnan Syed is a murderer or an innocent man serving a life sentence for no reason. If he's innocent, his sentence, of course, "is a tragedy," writes JaneAnne Murray in the... More »

Newlywed Pleads Guilty in Cliff Murder

Jordan Graham agrees to second-degree charge before closing arguments begin

(Newser) - Jordan Graham isn't taking any chances with a jury: The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to second-murder today after being accused of pushing her husband of eight days off a cliff in Montana, reports CNN . Graham struck the deal after the defense and prosecution rested their cases in her trial , but... More »

Loughner Pleads Guilty, Is Deemed Competent

Gabrielle Giffords supports plea that spares him the death penalty

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner won't face the death penalty for his shooting spree against Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty today and will likely get a life sentence instead, reports AP . Before the plea, the judge declared Loughner competent to stand trial should he go that route,... More »

Edwards Scorned Plea Because of Prison

Rolls dice on jury trial once again

(Newser) - The near-certainty of six months behind bars led John Edwards to scotch a plea bargain and take his very significant chances on a jury, reports the News & Observer in a look at the last-minute wrangling that took place behind the scenes. Prosecutors put on the table a deal in... More »

Child Molester Voluntarily Castrated

Frank Phillip Tullier agreed to surgery to get out of jail

(Newser) - A convicted child molester is about to go free—and all it cost him was his you-know-what. Francis Phillip Tullier, 78, underwent voluntary surgical castration yesterday as part of a long-delayed plea deal, the AP reports. The procedure was conducted at Tullier's expense. Tullier had faced hundreds of molestation counts... 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 »

Charlie Sheen Sentenced to Rehab

Actor pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault; felony charge dropped

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen has pleaded guilty in a Colorado domestic abuse case involving his wife in exchange for the withdrawal of two other charges, including a felony. The Two and a Half Men star entered the plea to a misdemeanor assault charge today in court in Aspen, the scene of a... More »

Foxy Spy May Spill All

Maybe able, willing to sell story to UK tabloid

(Newser) - Russian spy Anna Chapman's plea bargain agreement, which bans her from cashing in on her story, may only be enforceable on US soil, meaning Chapman could make a fortune selling her story, complete with pictures, to a British tabloid—a possibility Chapman may be considering, her lawyer tells Newsweek . Chapman... More »

Deal Could Swiftly End Russian Spy Case

Will get off with little to no jail time, deportation

(Newser) - The Russian spy ring case appears to be hurtling towards some kind of conclusion. The spies will strike a simple plea deal, get off with little or no jail time, and be deported back to Russia, according to New York Times sources. But there could be more intrigue afoot. Over... More »

'Fake Pimp' Pleads Guilty in Senate Break-In

James O'Keefe gets 3 years' probation in Mary Landrieu ruse

(Newser) - James O'Keefe, who might just be referred to as a “fake pimp” in headlines for the rest of his life, pleaded guilty along with three accomplices for breaking into Sen. Mary Landrieu's office and trying to tamper with her phones. O'Keefe copped to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property... More »

Charlie's Defense: Brooke's a Liar

Sheen wants plea deal, but prosecutors aim for trial

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is ready to plead no contest to a misdemeanor and skip jail, but prosecutors think they have a strong enough felony case to go to trial—even without Brooke Mueller. Mueller wants the assault case to disappear so she doesn’t have to testify against her husband, sources... More »

Letterman to NYPD, Prosecutors: Thank You

Robert Halderman cops plea in $2M blackmail case

(Newser) - The David Letterman blackmail case ended with a guilty plea today, and the Late Night host wasted little time thanking the prosecutors and investigators who nailed Robert Halderman. "I’d never been involved in anything like this in my life, and I was concerned and full of anxiety and... More »

Letterman Blackmailer to Plead Guilty Today

Deal for Robert Halderman includes 6 months in prison

(Newser) - Accused David Letterman blackmailer Robert Halderman will have that “accused” dropped today when he pleads guilty to extorting the late night host for $2 million. According to details of the deal obtained by the New York Post , Halderman will serve 6 months in jail and 4½ years of probation,... More »

NYC Terror Suspect to Take Plea Deal

Najibullah Zazi volunteers information in exchange for leniency

(Newser) - Najibullah Zazi, the key suspect in an alleged plot to attack New York City with homemade bombs, has begun cooperating with investigators and is preparing for a possible plea deal, according to two law enforcement officials. The guilty plea could come as early as today. As part of the deal,... More »

Judge Gives Bernard Kerik 4 Years in Jail

Term for former NYPD chief is harsher than prosecutors sought

(Newser) - A federal judge sentenced disgraced NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik to four years in prison today, berating him for trying to exploit 9/11. The sentence was harsher than the 27 to 33 months the prosecutor had recommended in Kerik’s plea bargain, in which he admitted to eight charges, including lying... More »

Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gets 18 Months in Driver's Death

Shotgun blast killed chauffeur in 2002

(Newser) - Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded guilty today to aggravated assault charges stemming from the 2002 accidental shooting death of limo driver Costas Christofi at Williams's New Jersey estate. Under a plea deal, Williams will serve at least 18 months. The former Nets star faces myriad other legal troubles, including... More »

Facebook Teen Sex Blackmailer Found Guilty

Anthony Stancl now faces up to 30 years in jail

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen accused of using Facebook to blackmail fellow students into performing sex acts has been found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. Prosecutors say Anthony Stancl, 19, posed as a girl on the social networking site and tricked seven boys in his high school into sending him... More »

Ex-NBA Star Cops Plea in 2002 Shooting

Jayson Williams averts retrial, expected to serve 18 months

(Newser) - Former New Jersey Net Jayson Williams has agreed to a plea bargain in the 2002 shooting death of a limo driver and the subsequent attempt to cover up his involvement. Under the deal, he will plead guilty tomorrow to aggravated assault, receive a sentence of 3 years, and serve a... More »

Balloon Parents Plead Guilty

Sentences unclear, but judge assures 'significant' monetary cost

(Newser) - The parents of “balloon boy” Falcon Heene pleaded guilty today to charges related to the hoax that sent police and rescue personnel on a wild-goose chase. Richard Heene pleaded to a felony, Mayumi Heene—a Japanese citizen who risked deportation if she had a felony on her record—to... More »

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