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Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Transient Killer: KESQ Palm Springs reports on the jury's decision to sentence David John Reid, 51, to death for the hate-crime murder of Ricky Mosley. The sentencing jury noted Reed's criminal history including two earlier allegations of murder which he escaped due to a lack of evidence and a prior conviction of assault with a deadly weapon, his racist tattoos, slurs, and association to an Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. Deputy District Attorney Christopher Ross quoted Reed telling a friend, "You know, murder's the easiest thing to get away with." Judge James S. Hawkins will decide whether to follow the jury's recommendation or sentence Reed to LWOP.

California Prison Inmates on Hunger Strike: On Monday, California's Inmates decided to resume a hunger strike involving   eight prisons and 4,252 inmates over the same issues addressed in July. The protesting prisoners claim that conditions in solitary confinement cells and gang security measures place them at risk. The strike was resumed after prison officials allegedly broke promises made to the inmates.  Prison officials say that review and changes in policy can take up to several months. In the meantime, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced that leaders of the strike may be placed in solitary confinement and that participants will lose personal items from their cells. AP reports in the San Francisco Chronicle.


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