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Who is the New AG?  An article in today's Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook discusses some of Attorney General nominee Eric Holder's activities while he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.  The piece focuses on Holder's role in both the pardon of Marc Rich and the members a Puerto Rican terrorist group, as well as his refusal to investigate a perjury claim against Hillary Clinton's health czar Ira Magaziner.  

In His Own Words:  The text message from a criminal to his girlfriend apparently convinced a Sacramento jury to convict him of murder.  Sacramento Bee newsman Andy Furillo reports that the prosecution showed the jury a text message from Sirtice Melonson, 23, saying that he just "popped" someone, shortly after he shot and killed a 17-year-old during a 2005 robbery.  When police arrested him, Melonson told them "I'm not asking for the best deal in the world, I just want to get out before i'm 45 or 50."  The attempted robbery/murder convictions may net this fool life without parole at his sentencing next month.

Assault by Cheeseburger:  A Florida man has been charged with domestic violence for attacking his girlfriend with a cheeseburger.  The Associated Press reports that the suspect shoved the burger in the girl's face during an argument, and is free on $1,000 bond until his trial.  Maybe she was hungry.

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