South Korea's Park Not to Appeal 24-Year Prison Sentence
South Korea's former president has decided not to appeal her 24-year prison sentence.
Yonhap news agency reported Monday that Park Geun-hye has submitted a waiver to apparently override an appeal filed by her younger sister Friday.
An appeals trial will still be held because prosecutors are seeking a tougher sentence, claiming the ex-president was able to avoid some charges earlier this month.
Park has boycotted all court proceedings, claiming unfair treatment.
Park was forced from office last year by South Korea's Constitutional Court over allegations she colluded with longtime friend Choi Soon-sil to extort companies to donate $70 million to dubious foundations in exchange for favorable treatment.
Grisly Suicide in New York to Protest Pollution
A renowned gay rights lawyer set himself on fire and burned to death in a New York City park to protest what he said is the destruction of the environment.
Joggers and cyclists found the charred body of David Buckel Saturday in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. He apparently soaked his body with gasoline.
A nearby suicide note said he hopes his death will draw attention to the need to protect the Earth.
"Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result. My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves," the note read, according to The New York Times.