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Three Death Row Inmates Claim Mississippi Did Not Follow Administrative Procedures Act: The Associated Press reports that three death row inmates have filed documents with the Mississippi Supreme Court claiming the Mississippi Department of Corrections did not comply with the state's Administrative Procedure Act when it failed to properly publicize its switch to pentobarbital during executions. The 2003 law requires state agencies to notify the public of proposed changes to their rules and regulations so that the public has an opportunity to ask for hearings and officials opinions, as well as offer their own opinions to the proposed changes. A Hinds County judge dismissed a similar complaint last month, ruling that the MDOC's execution procedures are exempt from the Act.

DNA Links Two More Victims to the Original Night Stalker Serial Killer: Sponsor Sen. Scott Beason (R) of Gardendale says that a committee will need to be set up to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Both versions would require police officers to demand proof of citizenship from from anyone they stop for an infraction if they have reasonable suspicion the person is in the U.S. illegally. A person who cannot prove their legal status could be jailed, and if they are found to be in the country illegally, charged with trespassing. The bills also make it a crime to knowingly house, transport, rent to, or employ an illegal immigrant. The bills differ in their punishments, whether business should be held responsible for subcontractors who use illegal immigrants, and whether all businesses should be required to use the federal E-Verify program.

Department of Homeland Security Says Illinois Must Share Fingerprint Data for Deportations: Elise Foley of the Huffington Post reports that the Department of Homeland Security will not allow Illinois law enforcement to stop sharing fingerprint information with immigration enforcement. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Wednesday his request to withdraw from Secure Communities, a program that shares fingerprints between the FBI and DHS to detect unauthorized immigrants. 42 states agreed to the program, and President Obama wants to expand the program nationwide by 2013. Quinn criticized the program for netting a large number of non-criminal undocumented immigrants, when the program is meant to capture the "worst of the worst" undocumented residents. DHS originally provided steps for local governments to opt out of the program, but has since redefined "opt out" to prevent local governments from refusing to share the information. 

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