- - Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Mom pleads guilty in escape case

PHOENIX | The mother of one of three inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison in July faces up to 2½ years in prison after admitting she provided assistance to her son following the escape.

The state Attorney General’s Office says 68-year-old Claudia Mae Washburn of Payson pleaded guilty to a felony charge of hindering prosecution and will be sentenced Jan. 7 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The office says Washburn admitted providing money to her son, John McCluskey, through an intermediary and that she knew her son had escaped from prison and that the money would be used to help him flee from law enforcement.

All three escaped convicts have been recaptured.


Lawyer takes stand in fight

NEW YORK | A lawyer locked in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Brunei’s Prince Jefri Bolkiah is telling a New York court there’s nothing to the royal’s claims that she stole from him.

Faith Zaman Derbyshire testified Wednesday that she was acting on Prince Jefri’s instructions when she took a $4 million share of his proceeds from a real estate sale.

She said the money was supposed to cover fees that the prince owed her and her lawyer husband, Thomas Derbyshire.

She also says she bought three pricey watches with the prince’s money because they were for members of his family.

The prince says the Derbyshires stole about $7 million. They say he owes them more than that in fees and authorized everything they did.

Prince Jefri is a brother of the sultan of oil-rich Brunei.


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