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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Transfer State Prison Inmates to County Jails:  Jack Dolan of the Los Angeles Times reports California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will transfer tens of thousands of felons convicted of non-violent crimes from state prisons to county jails.  The measure is intended to reduce the number of inmates in the overcrowded state prison system and keep low level offenders closer to their homes, where drug treatment and mental health services are available.  Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley opposes the bill, arguing county jails are also crowded and lack the resources to serve as a substitute prison.  "Public safety requires appropriate incarceration and deterrence ...and both of those will suffer under the proposal," said Cooley.   

Los Angeles Times on PinholsterDavid G. Savage of the Los Angeles Times has this report on yesterday's 5-4 decision Cullen v. Pinholster.

Supreme Court Grants Execution Stay for Arizona Inmate:  Amanda Lee Myers of the Associated Press reports the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for Daniel Wayne Cook, 49, who was scheduled to die today for two 1987 murders.  Cook and co-defendant John Matzke raped, tortured, and killed 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos and 16-year-old Kevin Swaney.  Cook's lawyers argue that he received ineffective counsel during his post-conviction proceedings, claiming his attorneys failed to present evidence that Cook endured extreme physical and sexual abuse during his childhood.  His attorneys have also challenged the effectiveness of Arizona's current supply of sodium thiopental.  If the Supreme Court does not lift the stay by tomorrow morning, a new death warrant must be issued.

Another Life Sentence for Convicted Child Killer:
  Convicted serial killer and federal death row inmate Joseph Duncan III was sentenced to an additional life sentence today after pleading guilty last month to the abduction, rape, and beating death of a California boy in 1997.  Duncan has already been sentenced to death for the murders of an Idaho boy and three members of his family, a fact that ultimately led Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach against seeking the death penalty in this case.  But Zellerbach added when announcing his decision: "I've never seen a person in my professional career who deserves the death penalty more than Joseph Duncan."  The Desert Sun (CA) has this story.  Last month's guilty plea in the case was noted here.

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