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Plea Bargain

US soldier in WikiLeaks case, Bradley Manning, seeks lesser charges

US Army private, Bradley Manning. Photo: AFP

The US Army private facing a court martial for allegedly leaking secret documents to the WikiLeaks website has offered to plead guilty to less serious offences, his lawyer said.

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 3:00am

Guilty plea reversed in Tamar case

A senior technician who earlier admitted using a computer improperly to send more than 78,000 electronic comments supporting one of the four bids for the Tamar government headquarters project was allowed to change his plea yesterday.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Extradited banker jailed for 12 years

Corrupt Bank of China sub-branch chief receives maximum sentence under plea bargain

The former Bank of China manager extradited to the mainland from the US on corruption charges has been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Lessons to draw from a very sorry affair

The final chapter in the long and costly legal saga involving former executives of the Allied Group reveals two fundamental truths about Hong Kong's pursuit of suspected commercial criminals.

6 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Match-fixing trial

ICAC chiefs yesterday took the unusual step of expressing concern over the magistrate's decision.

Head of operations Tony Kwok Man-wai said he had discussed the decision with the Department of Justice.

A source said the ICAC was only responsible for investigating corruption and denied threats were made.

27 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Deal lets fraudster avoid 15 charges

George Tan pleaded guilty after suffering a series of reverses in pre-trial battles.

Secret negotiations between his lawyers and the prosecution led to a last-minute deal which benefited both sides.

Under the bargain, Tan admitted two fraud plot charges involving US$238 million while avoiding 15 other counts.

21 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Not such a bargain

When a dangerous criminal can threaten the lives of prominent civil servants and lawyers, and then claim to have scored a victory over the legal establishment, there is cause for serious concern.

9 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Lawyers in favour of plea bargains

Plea bargaining of the kind used in the Wong Kwai-nam threats case is widespread and the practice should be encouraged, leading lawyers said yesterday.

There was even support for the process to be extended to deals with judges on the sentences they will pass.

2 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Plea bargain warning

PROSECUTION lawyers cannot enter into plea bargains with criminals and then complain when lenient sentences are imposed, the Court of Appeal said.

The court rejected a bid by the Attorney-General to have a 12-month prison sentence against a fraud conspirator increased.

1 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Jail reprieve

ANADARKO, Oklahoma: A 16-year-old girl who shot and killed her father who had sexually abused her for years would not be sent to prison, Judge James Winchester ruled. Billie Joe Powell agreed to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the August 26 shooting in a plea bargain that means she will serve five years' supervised probation.

8 Jan 1993 - 12:00am