American sentenced for Thai royal insult

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Thai-born American, Joe Gordon, with his ankles shackled, gestures as he arrives at a criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. The court in Thailand sentenced Gordon to two and a half years in prison Thursday for defaming the country's royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of the king and posting them online. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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An American who translated a banned biography of Thailand's king and posted the content online while living in Colorado was sentenced to two and a half years in a Thai prison Dec. 8 for defaming the country's royal family.

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