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Thai-American pleads guilty to royal insult

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 01:07

Oct. 10 - Thai-born U.S. citizen Joe Gordon faces up to 15 years in prison for cyber crimes and insulting Thailand's monarchy. Jessica Gray reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** NONE **~ Prisoners dressed in orange jumpsuits arrive at a Bangkok court. Among them is Joe Gordon, a Thai-born U.S. citizen. On Monday he pleaded guilty to insulting Thailand's popular monarchy and cyber crimes. He said he had no choice, since he's been denied bail eight times. Gordon is hopeful the U.S. government will help free him. Speaking from behind bars, he asked President Barack Obama to push for his release Gordon was arrested in May for translating a book deemed offensive by the monarchy and posting it on his blog. The court said it would check Gordon's criminal record before sentencing him. The car salesman from Colorado faces up to 15 years in prison. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Thai-American pleads guilty to royal insult

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 01:07