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In Brief: Move to speed up Callely case

THE Supreme Court has been asked to facilitate an early hearing of an appeal by a Seanad Committee against a decision upholding former Senator Ivor Callely's challenge to the committee's findings on his expense claims.

After discussion with counsel, the Chief Justice Susan Denham set the matter for mention in court in June.

The Seanad Committee on Members Interests has appealed against a High Court decision overturning its finding, when dealing with then Senator Callely's expenses claims, that he had misrepresented his place of residence as west Cork.

Wine dealer in ยค1m fraud trial

A CaliforniA wine collector and dealer accused of trying to sell more than $1.3m in counterfeit wine has been charged with fraud.

Rudy Kurniawan (35) was charged with "multiple fraudulent schemes" relating to his wine business between 2007 and 2012, including attempting to sell fake wine and fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans.

He now faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Pair took dead pal for drinks

Two men accused of driving their dead friend around the Denver area and running up a bar tab on his account have been sentenced.

Robert Young and Mark Rubinson, from Colorado, were given two years' probation in connection with the death of 43-year-old Jeffrey Jarrett.

The two went to Jarrett's home in August and found him unresponsive. Instead of calling police, Young and Rubinson put him in a car and went out. They used his credit card to pay for drinks.

Jarrett's death was deemed an accident.

Hiker found after 3 weeks

A woman hiker who had been missing for nearly a month has been found alive in New Mexico's Gila National Forest.

Search crews say they found 31-year-old Margaret Page, of Albuquerque, was barely able to speak and had lost one third of her body weight. She had likely been stranded in the Gila for the past three weeks, eating food she had brought with her and drinking water from a nearby creek.