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Former President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on May 26, 2021 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Photo: Deaan Vivier/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images

South Africa's highest court agreed to hear former president Jacob Zuma's challenge to the 15-month jail sentence that he received for failing to attend a corruption hearing, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Zuma asked the court to reverse his sentence on grounds that it is excessive and could expose him to COVID-19, per Reuters.

  • Zuma also said the sentence was a "political statement of exemplary punishment."
  • Zuma's application will be heard on July 12, Bloomberg reports.

Catch up quick: South Africa's highest court sentenced Zuma to 15-months in prison earlier this week for failing to appear before a judicial panel that is investigating allegations of corruption during his presidency.

  • The court ordered Zuma to turn himself into police on Sunday, but with the decision to hear his application, that order is now suspended.

Go deeper: Court orders former South African president Jacob Zuma to be arrested for contempt

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Supreme Court to hear in-person arguments this fall

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it would hear all oral arguments scheduled this fall from the courtroom.

Why it matters: The justices last sat together in session on March 9, 2020, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still on the court and conservatives held a narrow 5-4 majority.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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Race and technology in America

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.