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Latest news: 8-5-2009

Man claims duress in torture, murder trial  

Roseville, CA - What would a reasonable person do if they were told they would be tortured if they didn’t follow commands?

That is among the questions defense attorney Richard Corbin posed to his client’s jury during his opening statements Tuesday morning.

Full story, Auburn Journal

Man in court over meth caves

Kalamazoo, MI - A Kalamazoo man is due in court Wednesday to see if he'll stand trial on meth charges.

Ronald Jenkins is charged with maintaining a meth lab. Officers say they busted him operating an underground meth cave back in December.

Then they caught Jenkins running a similar operation near the Georgia Pacific plant last month.

Investigators discovered that second meth cave after they busted Jenkins and another man for meth at a home on Charles Avenue.


Meth smuggler's death sentence commuted to life 

Bangkok, Thailand - A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after commuting a death sentence for the trafficking of three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of heroin, a court official said.

Andrew Hood, 36, was convicted of first grade drugs trafficking and smuggling after being arrested in the departure hall of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport in December last year with 12 packets of heroin strapped to his body.

Full story, The Straits Times

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