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American netizen jailed in latest abuse of Thai lèse-majesté laws

first_img News December 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 American netizen jailed in latest abuse of Thai lèse-majesté laws ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the two-and-a-half-year sentence imposed on American blogger Joe Gordon by a Bangkok court today for insulting the Thai royal family and deplores the increase in so-called lèse-majesté crimes in Thailand.“Although it means a reduction in his original penalty, we are shocked by this sentence, the latest in a long series of lèse-majesté convictions,” the press freedom organization said.“We are witnessing a game of one-upmanship in the penalties imposed on Thai netizens. Since it took office, the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has shown itself to be worse than its predecessor. In just four months, the number of allegations, prosecutions and convictions on lèse-majesté grounds is higher than for the whole of last year.“The government must put an end to this repressive policy and repeal the lèse-majesté law and the Computer Crime Act, two anti-freedom pieces of legislation.“We call on the authorities to release Joe Gordon and the many other netizens and journalists imprisoned for lèse-majesté and to call a halt to the prosecution of the director of the online newspaper Prachatai, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, better known by the online name Jiew, whose trial is still in progress.”Gordon, a Thai-born American, was arrested and remanded in custody in May this year while he was on holiday in Thailand. He was officially charged on 30 August with lèse-majesté for translating excerpts of the banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej by Paul Handley, “The King Never Smiles”, on his blog.At first he denied all the charges, but subsequently pleaded guilty on 10 October thereby avoiding a five-year prison term. His lawyer, Anon Nampha, said his client would not appeal but hoped for a royal pardon.Thailand’s lèse-majesté law is among the most restrictive legislation in the world as far as freedom of express and freedom of information are concerned. However, Prime Minister Yingluck announced at her swearing-in on 10 August that it should not be used inappropriately.In a contradictory statement on 26 August, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said he was making the crime of lèse-majesté a priority. At the same time, there has been an increase in arrests and convictions. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific News May 12, 2021 Find out more News August 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Ampon Tangnoppakul, known as “Uncle SMS”, received a 20-year prison sentence on 23 November for sending text messages deemed to have insulted the monarchs. His case has now attracted international attention. The United States among others has expressed concern, saying such prosecutions violate the fundamental right to free expression. Chiranuch faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison under the Computer Crime Act for for failing to delete quickly enough comments posted on her blog last year that were “damaging to the monarchy” (read the press release).Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, former editor of the magazine Voice of Thaksin which was closed last year, has been held on remand for seven months for insulting the monarchy (read the press release).Several netizens are still in prison for lèse-majesté offences. Surapak Phuchaisaeng is still awaiting a verdict in his prosecution for messages he posted on Facebook. Thanthawut Thaweewarodomkul was sentenced on 15 March to 13 years in prison for articles he published on a website linked to the “Red Shirts” anti-government protesters, NorporchorUSA. The student blogger Norawase Yotpiyasathien, arrested on 5 August for his online posts, was freed on bail three days later.Thailand is listed as a “country under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders report on “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 153rd out of 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

ECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS Feb. 26, 2018

first_img By admin – February 26, 2018 Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSTONE: Make positivity a priorityNext articleOdessa woman starts GoFundMe for immigration case admin Local NewsCrime Pinterest Arts Council of Midland logo The following is a list of felony dispositions from the Ector County District Clerk’s Office. Listed attorneys do not necessarily represent who was involved when the case was disposed.ASSAULTJohn Michael Morris, 39, had a charge of aggravated assault dismissed Feb. 12 in the interest of justice. Judge John Smith presided. Kevin Acker was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.William Antonio Rosales, 23, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to aggravated assault against a public servant and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Judge James Rush approved the deal. Robert Garcia was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Tedrick Antwoin Wall, 33, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to assault on a public servant and was sentenced to five years in prison. Wall also had three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child dismissed as part of the deal. Judge Denn Whalen approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney and Clay George was the prosecutor.BURGLARYJuanita Ibarra, 42, had a charge of burglary of a habitation dismissed Feb. 15. Smith presided. Mike Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Eddie Vela, 29, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to burglary of a building and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Whalen approved the deal. Don Fletcher was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.CRIMINAL MISCHIEFRobert Allen Smith, 52, pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to criminal mischief; theft of property, $30,000 or more but less than $150,000; and two counts of theft of copper wire and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and two years in state jail, respectively, on those charges. Judge Stacy Trotter approved the deal. Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATEDJoe Rios Tijerina, 55, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to driving while intoxicated, third or more, and was sentenced to four years probation. Whalen approved the deal. Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.ENDANGERING CHILDMorgan Renee Hightower, 32, had a charge of endangering a child with criminal negligence dismissed Feb. 12 as part of a plea agreement when he pleaded guilty to charges in another case in county court. Rush presided. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH REGISTRATIONHector Sanchez Martinez, 60, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to failure to comply with registration requirements and was sentenced to 10 years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Michael McLeaish was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.FRAUDULENT USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATIONYajaira Adanary Avila, 19, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, more than 10 items but less than 50 items, and was sentenced to three years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. J. Roxane Blount was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.INDECENCY WITH CHILDMiguel Angel Sanchez, 20, had a charge of indecency with a child dismissed Feb. 20. Smith presided. Jeff Parras was the defense attorney and Chris Fostel was the prosecutor.KIDNAPPINGBradley Dean Bourke, 36, was acquitted by a jury Jan. 31 on a charge of aggravated kidnapping. Trotter approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.MANUFACTURE/DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEBertha Meza, 45, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, four grams or more but less than 200 grams, and was sentenced to five years probation and deferred adjudication. Trotter approved the deal. McLeaish was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEMoises Acosta Hernandez, 35, was acquitted by a jury Jan. 29 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, four gram or more but less than 200 grams. Rush approved the deal. Bret Mansur was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Valentin Carrasco Jr., 37, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams, and was sentenced to four years in prison. Whalen approved the deal. Matt Thomas was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Ruben Botello Cuellar, 31, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 242 days in state jail. Cuellar was given credit for time served. Whalen approved the deal. Daniel Sarabia Jr. was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Jacob Ryan Garza, 21, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams, and was sentenced to five years probation and deferred adjudication. Garza also had a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle dismissed. Whalen approved the deal. Thomas was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Lantrel Deon Harris, 28, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. Acker was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Heather Lynn Piervincenti, 31, was sentenced to six months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt Feb. 15 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Rush approved the deal. Blount was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Cannyan Lowell Price, 20, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams, and was sentenced to three years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. John Bickham was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Tomas Prieto, 24, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, four grams or more but less than 200 grams, and was sentenced to four years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Thomas was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Elizabeth Genevra Ramos, 44, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Andrew Lee Stinson, 41, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to four years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. Marc Chastain was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Fabian Alonso Trevino, 34, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to three years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. Jerry Caddel was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Adam Rey Armendarez, 26, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams; and evading arrest with a vehicle and was sentenced to four years in prison. Armendarez also had a charge of attempting to take or taking a weapon from an officer and two counts of assault on a public servant dismissed. Whalen approved the deal. Caddel was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.PROHIBITED WEAPONArmando M. Uvalle, 25, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to prohibited weapon and had his probation revoked. Uvalle was sentenced to two years in prison. Rush approved the deal. Fostel was the defense attorney and George was the prosecutor.ROBBERYAlec Kirkland, 19, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to three counts of robbery and a charge of burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to five years in prison. Rush approved the deal. Fletcher was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT OF CHILDJoshua Lozano, 20, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to five years in prison. Rush approved the deal. Josh Stephens was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Clayton Allen Blount, 32, had a charge of continuous sexual abuse of children (family violence) dismissed Feb. 20. Whalen presided. Justin Low was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.TAMPER/FABRICATE PHYSICAL EVIDENCEBilly Doyce Beck, 52, pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and was sentenced to two years in prison. Rush approved the deal. Michele Greene was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.THEFTErin Michelle Hall, 38, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to theft, misapplication of fiduciary property and five counts of forgery and was sentenced to 10 years probation or eight years in prison and five years probation or 12 months in prison, respectively, on those charges. Rush approved the deal. Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Christopher Michael Kendrix, 38, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to theft of material (aluminum/bronze/copper/brass) and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Whalen approved the deal. Caddel was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.David Urias Suchil, 42, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions and was sentenced to 15 months in state jail. Whalen approved the deal. Holmes was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.Arthur Powell Yarbrough, 54, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Brian Chavez was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed.UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLEAlfonzo Mackey, 28, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to unauthorized use of a vehicle and was sentenced to 18 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Jason Leach was the defense attorney. The prosecuting attorney was not listed. Twitter ECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS Feb. 26, 2018 WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more