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Execution in Texas Scheduled for Today: Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports Milton Mathis, 32, is scheduled to be executed in Texas by lethal injection at 6pm today. Mathis was on probation for aggravated robbery in 1998 when he killed two men and paralyzed a 15-year-old girl in a shooting spree inside a Houston crack house. In 2005, Mathis was within days of being executed before the punishment was stopped so that his claims could be reviewed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Defense lawyers for Mathis have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution, arguing that Mathis is mentally impaired. His lawyers cited tests that put his IQ as low as 62, but other tests have shown his IQ is considerably higher. State attorneys have said the low tests results may have been the result of heavy drug use by Mathis. Mathis will be the sixth inmate executed in Texas this year.

Philadelphia Reaches Settlement in Stop-And-Frisk Lawsuit: Allison Steele of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Philadelphia has reached a settlement from a class-action lawsuit filed against the city last year by the ACLU on behalf of eight men who said they had been searched illegally. The lawsuit alleged that many black and Latino men are stopped and searched without just cause. "Stop-and-frisk" searches by police will now be entered into a database, which will be monitored and audited regularly.

Man Robs Bank for $1 to Get Medical Care in Jail:
Rad Berky of WCNC (NC) reports James Verone of Gaston County, North Carolina handed a note to a bank teller stating that he was robbing the bank for $1, and then sat and waited for the police to arrive. Verone, 59, is unemployed with no medical insurance and thought that jail would be the best place to go to receive medical care for his variety of ailments. He was hoping for a three year sentence so that he would be able to begin collecting Social Security when he got out. Since Verone did not have a weapon and only demanded one dollar, he was charged with larceny from a person instead of bank robbery, so he might not get as much time in jail as he had planned for.

New Katie's Law Goes into Effect on July 1 in New Mexico: Milan Simonich of Las Cruces Sun-News.com reports "Katie's Law" will go into effect July 1 requiring DNA to be collected from all felony arrestees.  The law was named after Katie Sepich, who was raped and murdered at the age of 22 by a stranger in Las Cruces, NM, who was eventually linked to the crime by DNA evidence.

Mandatory Requirement for Bulletproof Vests to be Worn by All Dallas Police: Tanya Eiserer of The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas police officials announced a policy change that makes it mandatory for all uniformed police officers to wear a bulletproof vest. Due to a sharp increase in the number of officers killed in the line of duty last year, the federal government will not continue to grant funds for body armor unless the agency enacts a mandatory-wear policy.

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