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US man to plead to Thai royal insult

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The Suphannahongse Royal State Barge cruises past the Grand Palace on the Chao Phraya river, Monday, June 12, 2006, in the celebration, marking Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th year on the throne. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) By AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit The Suphannahongse Royal State Barge cruises past the Grand Palace on the Chao Phraya river, Monday, June 12, 2006, in the celebration, marking Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th year on the throne. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) By AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

BANGKOK (AP) -- The lawyer for a detained U.S. citizen charged with insulting Thailand's monarch says his client will plead guilty in the case in hopes his sentence will be reduced.

Thai-born American Joe Gordon has been detained since late May for allegedly translating parts of an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting the links online.

Thailand has severe lese majeste laws that mandate a jail term of three to 15 years for anyone convicted of defaming the royal family.

Thai lawyer Arnon Nampa, who is representing Gordon in the case, told The Associated Press on Monday that Gordon would plead guilty and request a royal pardon.

Gordon had previously denied wrongdoing.

Arnon says the court is expected to issue a verdict later Monday.
 

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