The Cunningham fix bill passed the California Senate yesterday 32-2 and was sent to the Governator, Andy Furillo reports for the SactoBee. SF Dem Carole Migden joined Tom McClintock as the odd bedfellow this time. Meanwhile, "The anti-prison lobby waded into the Capitol on Wednesday to decry Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to build more housing space for an additional 78,000 inmates in state and county facilities in coming years."
Execution: After decades of failed attempts by the government to execute Chicago mobster Robert Cruz, his enemies apparently took care of the job. An Associated Press story reports that construction workers dug up Cruz's body while laying a sewer pipe. Cruz, who disappeared in 1997, spent 14 years on Arizona's death row on a murder-for-hire conviction that was overturned in 1980. Four subsequent attempts to convict him failed.
Pot Houses: Another California trend spreading across the country: suburban houses transformed into indoor marijuana farms, Errin Haines reports for AP.
Texas Execution: Air Force Capt. Jose Renato Cobo was murdered 10 years ago by two young men who wanted his Mazda RX-7 for parts. Justice was finally carried out yesterday for one of the two, Maro Robbins of the San Antonio Express-News reports. The unrepentant killer, Vincent Gutierrez, "strutted past news cameras and sneered, 'I didn't do a damn thing.'"
"'Cold as always,' Ruben Cobo [Jose's brother] said afterward of the inmate. 'He got off easy.'"