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Robert F. Kennedy's Assassin Faces Parole Board:  CNN reporter Michael Martinez reports that Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, will appear before a parole board in the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, California today for the first time in nine years.  Sirhan will be supported by two psychologists and one of the surviving shooting victims in the 1968 assassination, William Weisel.  The chances of Sirhan being released are slim, according to LA County Deputy District Attorney David Dahle.  Sirhan, 66, is serving a life sentence and roughly ten percent of California's life-sentenced convicts are granted parole.

Proposed Bill Would Make TSA Screening Agents Possible Sex Offenders:
  With the public outrage towards enhanced airport security measures, a proposed bill sponsored by Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield has been introduced to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in Concord, New Hampshire.  HB 628 would make the touching or viewing of a person's breasts or genitals by a government security agent a sexual assault.  The bill would also require Transportation Security Administration agents convicted of sexual assault to register as tier 3 sex offenders.  A petition has been presented to the committee along with 145 signatures supporting the bill.  The committee has yet to make an immediate recommendation on the bill.  Garry Rayno of the New Hampshire Union Leader has this story.  The story does not discuss the obvious federalism issues of a state legislature trying to regulate the conduct of federal officers.

Prosecutor May Seek Death Penalty Quickly in Prison Killing:  Seattle Times staff writer Jennifer Sullivan reports on Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe's decision to act quickly in deciding whether to seek the death penalty against prison inmate Byron Scherf, who is accused of killing corrections officer Jayme Biendi in January.  In the State of Washington, once a defendant is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in superior court, prosecutors have 30 days from the arraignment to decide whether to seek the death penalty.  Roe has hinted that he may not wait the entire 30 days.  "This is a somewhat unique situation in that the suspect has been a prison inmate for a good part of his adult life.  Many records already exist," Roe said.  More on Byron Scherf's criminal record can be found here.

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