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News Briefs: May 18-23

Ex-Rutgers student sentenced in webcam case

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers student convicted of spying on his freshman roommate, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. Ravi, 20, videotaped a gay encounter in their college dorm room with a webcam. His roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide just days after the incident. Ravi faced deportation to India and a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. He declined to apologize for the act. Source: New York Times

U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald to step down

CHICAGO — Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced plans to step down after 11 years, effective June 30. Fitzgerald, 51, directed thousands of criminal prosecutions during his tenure. He prosecuted Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby and former Chicago Sun-Times head Conrad Black. Fitzgerald developed a reputation as one of the most aggressive federal prosecutors in the country. In 2009, he delivered the commencement speech at Knox College. Source: Chicago Tribune

CIA informant on bin Laden convicted

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. capture Osama bin Laden last year was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Shakeel Afridi, once Pakistan’s chief surgeon, aided the CIA by leading a false vaccination drive intended to obtain DNA evidence from the ex-al-Qaeda leader’s home. Afridi escaped the death penalty, which could have been applied under Pakistani law. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the case has severely hindered aid groups in region and further strained already tense relations between Pakistan and the U.S. Source: Los Angeles Times

Egypt holds historic elections

CAIRO — Egypt held its first presidential election since the 2011 ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. It is Egypt’s first free presidential election in generations. Egyptian presidential candidates have run unopposed for 60 years in a constitutional referendum. There are currently five candidates. A runoff election between the top two vote-getters will be held next month. Mubarak, who resigned last year after 18 days of protests regarding alleged corruption and abuses of power, was in office for 30 years. He is currently on trial for the murder of peaceful protesters during the demonstrations. Source: CBS news

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