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Death Warrant Signed for Florida Killer: Brendan Farrington of The Associated Press reports Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the death warrant Monday for Oba Chandler, who is scheduled to be executed November 15. Chandler was convicted in 1994 of murdering a woman and her two daughters 22 years ago. According to authorities Chandler stripped the females from the waist down, bound them with duct tape and rope, and tied concrete blocks to ropes around their necks before throwing them into Tampa Bay. Seven months ago Chandler declined to be interviewed for potential clemency, a standard procedure in death penalty cases. Chandler will receive a lethal injection. His death warrant is the second signed by Governor Scott since he took office in January.

Brown Vetoes Bill to Limit Police Searches of Cell Phones: Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill by Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, that would have required police to obtain a search warrant before looking through the contents of cell phones that are seized from people they arrest. The bill would have largely overturned a ruling by the state Supreme Court in January that allowed police to examine the cell phones of people they arrest without a warrant. In his veto message, the Governor said "the courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizures protections." Leno called Brown's statement illogical and countered, "the Legislature and the executive branch have got every right to revisit a decision by the court... We make the laws, they interpret." Legislative rules prohibit the bill from being introduced for at least another year.

Some UK Prisons Ditch Uniforms to Build Self Esteem: Lucy Buckland of The Daily Mail (UK) reports inmates in privately run prisons in the UK are being allowed to wear their own clothes to improve their self esteem. The policy was introduced by G4S, a private security firms that runs five prisons in England and Wales. A representative of G4S says prisons are a balance between punishment and rehabilitation, and denied the move was to save money. Critics argue that getting rid of uniforms will lead to new or designer clothes becoming a valuable currency in the prisons, used to pay for contraband like drugs and alcohol. Prisoners will be allowed to wear a uniform they prefer. The Ministry of Justice says the policy will not be introduced into publicly-run prisons.

 

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