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Words that don’t travel well
Thai-American Joe Gordon (Lerpong Wichaicommart) ran afoul of Thailand’s harsh lèse-majesté laws when, while living in Colorado, he translated and posted excerpts of a biography of the King of Thailand banned by Thai authorities. During a visit to Thailand in May 2011, he was detained and received a five-year prison sentence from a Bangkok criminal court, later reduced to 2.5 years because he pleaded guilty. Gordon was granted a royal pardon in July 2012 after a public outcry and intervention by the U.S. State Department.