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OH Execution Gurney Capable of Holding Overweight Inmate: The Associated Press reports Southern Ohio Correctional Facility Warden Donald Morgan said the execution table in the prison is capable of holding 480-pound death row inmate Ronald Post. A 420-pound prison employee was placed on the table, and 540 pounds of weights at another time, to test the weight capacity of the execution gurney. In September, Post filed to have his execution delayed, arguing his weight could cause serious problems for executioners and the table may not be able to hold him. Continued from this news scan.

CO Killer Identified, Arrested: The Associated Press headlines 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg was arrested for the murder of Jessica Ridgeway in Colorado Tuesday night. Denver police arrested Sigg at his home, one mile from where Ridgeway lived, after receiving a phone tip. Sigg's mother told the Associated Press Wednesday that he turned himself in. He will be charged with Ridgeway's murder and the attempted abduction of a 22-year-old. Continued from this news scan.

GA Mass Murderer Pleads Guilty Mid-Trial: The Associated Press reports mass murderer Richard Ringold accepted a plea bargain in the 2009 shooting deaths of three adults and a girl in Georgia. The guilty plea was accepted moments before a survivor of the attack was to testify. She was only 7-years-old at the time of the rampage. Ringold plead guilty to avoid the death sentence, accepting life without parole.

NY Sex Offender Claims Memory Loss During Rapes:
Janon Fisher of the New York Daily Times reports high-risk sex offender Jonathan Stewart told police he cannot remember raping his victim twice last month due to an alcohol-laced energy drink induced amnesia. Stewart alleges he drank five alcoholic energy drinks, vodka, and smoked marijuana prior to the attack. Stewart says he was going to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and remembers nothing of the attack, only waking up. Continued from this news scan.


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Mass. to Appeal Murderer's Sex Reassignment: The Associated Press reports Massachusetts prison officials announced Wednesday the state will appeal U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf's decision to grant convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek's request for sex reassignment surgery. Koselik, named Robert when convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, has been receiving hormone treatment and lives in an all male prison, as a woman. Prison officials argue that allowing the surgery would put Koselik at risk for sexual assaults from other inmates. Many insurance companies consider the surgery elective; transgender inmates are typically treated with hormone treatments and psychotherapy. The state Department of Corrections argues denying the request would not violate Koselik's Eighth Amendment rights as Koselik is already receiving adequate treatment. The surgery would cost taxpayers up to $20,000. 

High-Risk Sex Offender Attacked Victim Twice: Janon Fisher of the US Daily News reports Jonathan Stewart allegedly attacked and raped his victim twice on Saturday in New York according to prosecutors. Stewart, a high-risk level 3 sex offender, chased his victim down after she escaped his first attack and violently raped her again. The victim managed to escape a second time and fled naked; Stewart remained in pursuit until he saw her talking with police. Officers found a shirtless Stewart shortly after. Stewart had been previously convicted of robbing and sexually assaulting two women with a knife in 2004. He was arraigned Sunday.

Daughter, Sister of Murder Victims Opposes Killer's Parole: Larry Welborn of the Orange County Register reports that Lynette Duncan, the daughter/sister of two victims of murderer Brett Thomas, is traveling from the East coast to a correctional facility in San Diego to argue against his parole. Thomas and his accomplice Mark Titch shot Duncan's father to death with a shotgun in front of their home. One of the pellets hit her 18-year-old sister in the heart, killing her.  The pair also shot Duncan's mother, who survived the attack. Five days prior, Thomas and Titch gunned down a drive-in dairy employee during a robbery attempt. The nude body of the their first victim, Laura Anne Stoughton, 20, was found Jan. 21, 1977, on a rocky hill in East Orange, her hands clutching a crucifix. Both men pleaded guilty to taking four lives in California over the course of nine days in 1977 and were sentenced to life in prison. Fortunately for both killers, California did not have death penalty in January of 1977.  It was reinstated by the Legislature, over Governor Jerry Brown's veto, in August of that year, too late to apply to them.  


Program on Obstruction of Justice

May 29 event in DC by the Federalist Society and its Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group:

Every few months, a highly visible public figure or government official becomes embroiled in a criminal investigation that ultimately includes obstruction of justice charges. Barry Bonds, Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), Scooter Libby, Martha Stewart, Computer Associates, the U.S. Attorney firings, the CIA’s destruction of interrogation tapes – all have included a focus on the conduct occurring during the investigation of other, unrelated charges. But what exactly is obstruction of justice, and what role should it play in our justice system? No one can doubt the importance of punishing those who willfully corrupt the administration of justice, lie under oath, tamper with witnesses, or destroy evidence, but critics charge that prosecutors have used “creative interpretations” of obstruction of justice statutes to punish marginal conduct or create criminal liability where none otherwise existed. What is the proper role and scope of the obstruction statutes? Have obstruction of justice prosecutions veered too far from heartland cases? Please join us for an informative workshop addressing these issues.
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