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Casey Anthony to Be Released July 13: Amy Pavuk and Anthony Colarossi of the Orlando Sentinel report court officials have announced Casey Anthony will be released from the Orange County Jail on July 13. Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail for lying to police, with credit for time served. In addition Anthony must pay the court several thousand dollars for the charges. Assistant State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick informed Chief Judge Belvin Perry about the state's interest in collecting investigative costs from Anthony related to the search for Caylee Marie in 2008. A hearing on that issue was set for August 25.

Accused Serial Killer Changes Mind, Wants Attorney: Accused serial killer Joseph Naso, 77, requested legal representation on Wednesday, telling the judge that he can not properly defend himself because his incarceration has limited his ability to conduct legal research and he is having a heard time understanding the law. Naso has been representing himself, telling a judge in May that he knew the case better than anyone and didn't want to use his financial resources on attorneys. (See previous post here.) Naso has $1 million in assets, which includes a home in Reno, NV and Nevada officials recently released $150,000 that was frozen due to another investigation.  Naso is accused of murdering four prostitutes in the 1970s and 1990s throughout Northern California: Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons, and Tracy Tafoya. A decision will be made on Friday regarding whether Naso will receive a court-appointed attorney.  The AP has this story.

South Dakota Parole System Under Fire: John Hult reports in The Argus Leader (SD) that the recent killing of a hospice nurse allegedly at the hands of a former prison inmate has called into question South Dakota's parole policy of releasing some inmates without a hearing. James Vernon McVay, 41, is accused of killing 75-year-old Maybelle Schein in her bed two days after he was released into a community transition program.  Under South Dakota law, the parole board doesn't review an inmate unless the person is deemed "noncompliant" with the Individual Program Directive (IPD) the inmate receives from prison officials during the first few weeks of custody.  The IPD system is based on a set of mental and physical evaluations and is designed to focus on rehabilitating the inmate.  If an inmate complies, he or she is released without any review from the state's parole authority.

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