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Federal Judge Blocks Ohio Execution:  The AP reports a federal judge today blocked the execution of Ohio death row inmate Daniel Lee Bedford, scheduled to die by lethal injection tomorrow for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.  Bedford's attorneys had argued he cannot be executed because is mentally incompetent and suffers from dementia.  The Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Parole Board, and Governor John Kasich all rejected similar arguments.  A state judge also tossed a unique civil suit last week seeking to stop the execution. 

Governor Brown's Prison Realignment Must Start With Facts, Not Fantasy:  California State Senator Sharon Runner and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully have this so-titled piece responding to recent legislation signed by Jerry Brown transferring custody and control of an estimated 45,000 California felons to local communities.  Though Brown characterizes the move as one that will save money by eliminating "a revolving door for lower level offenders and parole violators who are released within months," Runner and Scully opine "[t]he Governor has activated a public safety time bomb, which will soon explode in communities throughout California."

Parolee on Small Pink Bicycle:  A Los Angeles parolee was arrested last week after police spotted him wearing a black inmate jumpsuit and riding a 10-year-old girl's stolen bicycle just hours after his release from prison.  Michael Toplin, 31, claimed a friend had given him the bike and that he had just left Home Depot.  Veronica Rocha of the LA Times has this story.

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About half an hour ago, the Sixth Circuit lifted the stay of execution. Absent SCOTUS intervention, it will apparently go forward.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/05/16/killers-scheduled-execution-blocked-by-federal-judge.html

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