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Plea Deal Possible in California Girl's Abduction Case:  Lisa Leff of the Associated Press reports defense attorneys are discussing plea deals for Nancy Garrido and her husband Phillip Garrido, accused of holding 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard captive for almost two decades in their Antioch home.  After initial doubts about Phillip Garrido's mental state, a judge last month declared him competent to stand trial, paving the way for the possibility of a plea deal.  Nancy's defense attorney claims the couple provided "full confessions" to the kidnapping during a recent interview, but neither Phillip's lawyer nor prosecutors would confirm this.

Life in Prison for Man Who Tortured California Teen:  Terry Collins of the Associated Press reports Anthony Waiters, 31, was sentenced Monday to three life sentences for torturing teen Kyle Ramirez and holding him captive in a Tracy home for more than a year.  Ramirez testified that Waiters' acts of cruelty included lighting the teen's pants on fire, and cutting his arm and pouring bleach on the wound.  Three of Waiters' co-defendants are serving at least 30 years in prison after accepting plea deals.  At his sentencing, Waiters refused to concede guilt, stating "I'm not a malevolent person.  I believe I'm altruistic." 

Execution Date set for Killer:  The Vindicator (OH) reports the Ohio Supreme Court set a January 2012 execution date for Charles Lorraine.  Lorraine was sentenced to death in 1986 for stabbing to death Raymond Montgomery, 77, and his bedridden wife Doris Montgomery, 80, with a butcher knife.       

Former Governor Explains His Clemency Decision:  Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney of the Chicago Sun Times report imprisoned former Illinois Governor George Ryan explained during a recent deposition his 2003 decision to clear out the state's death row.  Ryan at one point admitted to spending as little as ten minutes on petitions, but at another point claimed he spent hours thinking about the cases.  He referred specifically to a case involving a former high school classmate's son, who was on death row for shooting a police officer.  When bumping into his former classmate at a meeting, the classmate asked: "Are you going to kill my son?"  Ryan claimed this confrontation had a "big impact" on his decision. 

Eric Holder on Black Panther Case:  Attorney General Eric Holder showed some frustration today at the response to the DOJ's handling of the Black Panther voter intimidation case, reports Josh Gerstein at Politico.com.  At a House subcommittee meeting, Holder allegedly took issue with the comparison of the Black Panthers' actions to those directed against blacks during the civil rights movement, stating:  "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate....to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people."

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"...for my people."

Isn't this guy supposed to be the AG for all of us? No wonder the Black Panther case was handled the way it was.

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