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Third Execution This Month in Mississippi Scheduled for Today: Reuters staff reports Robert Simon Jr., 47, is set to be executed by lethal injection in Mississippi at 6pm today.  In 1990, Simon and an accomplice robbed and shot to death a couple and their two children, later cutting off the husband's ring finger to steal his wedding ring. Update:  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued a stay.

Chicago Mayor's Plan Unpopular with Police Union:  Fran Speilman of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today his plan to shift 500 officers from specialized units to high-crime districts.  Emanuel called the move a "down payment" on his previous promise to put 1,000 more police officers on the street.  But Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields argues this strategy of transitioning cops from elite units to beat cops will do little to help with the city's need for additional law enforcement officers.  "To say this is 500 more officers on the street - no, it's not.  Don't mislead the public.  There are no more police officers today than there were yesterday," said Shields.  "The issue is, we desperately need to hire more police officers.  Until they do the hiring, we're gonna be low on manpower, no matter how you slice it."

Burglar Caught After Taking Call From Victim on Victim's Phone:  Matthew Cella of The Washington Times reports Crucito Serrano, 20, was sentenced Monday in Washington D.C. for second-degree burglary after he was nabbed for the crime by answering a phone call from the victim on the victim's stolen phone. The owner of the phone, whose home Serrano and another person had burglarized, recognized Serrano's voice after previously meeting him in the neighborhood.  Serrano was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for the burglary, and could also face revocation of his parole and an additional prison term in Maryland for a 2009 burglary conviction.

Ravens Linebacker Predicts Spike in Crime:  If the players and owners don't resolve the ongoing NFL lockout, we should expect a spike in crime according to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.  Claiming the livelihoods of fans and stadium workers depend on the football season, Lewis says: "Watch how much evil -- which we call it crime -- watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game. ... There's nothing else to do."  Nate Davis of USA Today has this story.

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I am not convinced by the union arguement. Putting them on the beat is a good idea. Alot of those specialized units cost alot but produce few arrests. Most specialized units can be collateral duties for officers. Some just did not want an end to their cushy jobs and have to return to shift work and riding a cruiser.

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