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California Judge Issues 7-Year Gang Injunction:   Hudson Sangree of the Sacramento Bee reports Yolo Superior Court Judge Kathleen White yesterday issued a tentative anti-gang injunction across a large part of West Sacramento for seven years.  During a six-month trial, prosecutors pushed for the injunction to control the alleged street gang known as the Broderick Boys, who prosecutors claim are responsible for the criminal activity across the Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods.

Danes Won't Block Execution Drug:  Danish drug manufacturer Lundbeck A/S, the only company currently making pentobarbital, will not cease production or restrict the sale of the drug despite its use in some states' execution protocol.  Lundbeck A/S has made clear its belief that this use of pentobarbital is "misuse," but refused to monitor its sale of approximately 50 million doses per year.  Jan M. Olsen and Karl Ritter of the AP have this story.  "'Financially speaking this is not an important product for us and we thought about whether we should withdraw it and the reaction we got from doctors was that they didn't want us to withdraw the product,' [the CEO] said at the drug maker's annual shareholders meeting in Copenhagen."

The "I'm New to Snow" Defense?:
  Laurie Mason Schroeder of the Bucks County Courier Times (PA) reports Eddie Simmons, 26, was sentenced to three to 23 months in prison after he pulled out a 9 mm handgun and threatened a snow removal contractor who was blowing snow near Simmons's car.  Although ultimately pleading guilty to a misdemeanor, Simmons offered the judge an excuse for his behavior: his previous home in North Carolina's Outer Banks region, which averages about an inch of snow, left him unequipped to deal with Pennsylvania winters.  "This was not a deliberate act.  This man looked about his window that morning and saw three feet of snow.  He lost it," said Simmons's attorney Craig Pengase.

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