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Repeat Felon Kills Cop in Detroit:  In a scenario playing out in many cash-strapped states, a violent habitual felon on supervised release killed a Detroit police officer Monday in a shootout that wounded four others.  AP writers Jeff Karoub and David Runk report that the suspect, 25-year-old Jason Gibson, has a history of confrontations with the police including a 2007 attempt to disarm an officer during a cocaine bust.  He was on probation for that offense last November when he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.  After two months in jail he was released on bail. The shooting occurred after officers entered a suspected drug house in response to a 911 call reporting gunshots.  The slain officer, Brian Huff, was a 12-year veteran with a wife and a 10-year-old son.  Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans told reporters, "The truth of the matter is, this guy fights with the police.  If he was in jail, where I think he ought to be, we may not have had an officer killed today." This story from station WWJ reports, "The shooting death of officer Huff is leading to renewed calls for the death penalty in Michigan."

Ban on Pot Clinics Upheld:   A federal district judge has declined to suspend efforts by two Orange County, CA communities to close down medical marijuana clinics for violating federal law prohibiting the sale of a controlled substance.  A story by Erika J. Ritchie and Ellyn Pak of the Orange County Register reports that in a request for a temporary injunction, four plaintiffs argued that bans on the clinics in Lake Forest and Costa Mesa violated their rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act.  U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford disagreed noting that "Marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, and under that Act, it currently has no medical purpose."

Triple Murderer's Execution Date on Hold:  Art Barnum of the Chicago Tribune reports  that while a nominal execution date has been set for three-time murderer Edward Tenny, there are many years of appeals to come and the moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois is still in force.  A Daily Herald story by Christy Gutowski reports that Tenny was sentenced for the 1992 robbery/murder of  24-year-old father of two, Jerry Weber, for the $6 in Weber's wallet.  He was shot and killed after his van became stuck in the mud in a field where he was collecting rocks for his family's yard.  Prior to his conviction for that murder, Tenny was convicted and sentenced to two life terms for the brutal 1993 home invasion murders of two widows.   During the sentencing hearing, Tenny, who was wearing prison issues marking him as an escape risk, appeared unaffected as the judge rejected three dozen error claims by his defense attorney and set his execution date.  The state's 10-year appeals process now begins.  "Hopefully now the governor will do his job and lift the moratorium," said DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett.


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You have to wonder why the guy who killed the cop wasn't referred to the feds for a felon-in-possession charge.

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