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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Legal argument in murder trial

The trial of a man charged with murdering his wife in Cavan is continuing in legal argument.

Oliver Kierans (57) of Drumbannon, Bailieborough, in Cavan has pleaded not guilty to murdering Patricia Kierans (54) on the September 5 2013 at the same address. He also pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun and not guilty to possession of the same shotgun with intent to endanger life.

The trial is dealing with legal issues and will resume in evidence on Monday.

Tycoon donates jewels to state

Opulent baubles and historic photographs collected by the family of the Russian prince who plotted Rasputin's assassination have been donated to Russia's national archive.

The collection, including a richly decorated Faberge egg and a pocket watch made for the coronation of Russia's last czar, was presented to the archive by tycoon Viktor Vekselberg, who bought them last year. The items belonged to Prince Felix Yusupov and his wife, who lived in exile in Paris after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

Mega file sharer pleads guilty

An Estonian man who worked as a computer programmer for the now-defunct file-sharing website Megaupload has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors say was a massive copyright-piracy scheme run through the site.

Andrus Nomm (36) pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, USA to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Governor halts death penalty

Newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state, calling the current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible."

Wolf said the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that's been studying the topic for about four years.

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