American Joe Gordon, who was born in Thailand and was there visiting, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for posting unflattering quotes about the Thai king on his blog. 2.5 years for a blog post? What happens if you steal a pack of gum? Oh, right... they cut off your hand.
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 05: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrives at Siriraj Hospital after he marks the 60th anniversary of his coronation at the Grand Palace on May 5, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's revered king, Bhumibol Adulyadej left hospital on Wednesday for the first time since February after being admitted for treatment of a respiratory condition back in September 2009. Dressed in the customary white royal uniform the King travelling to the Grand Palace for celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of his coronation. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)