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Death Sentence of Woman Who Killed Her 4 Sons Upheld: Maura Dolan of the Los Angeles Times reports the California Supreme Court Monday upheld the death sentence of Susan Dianne Eubanks on automatic appeal. Eubanks was convicted of murdering her four sons - ages 14, 7, 6, and 4 - in 1997. She shot each boy in the head. The decision is here.

ICE Agents to Replace Arpaio's Staff: The Associated Press reports the Department of Homeland Security said in a letter Monday to U.S. Senator for Arizona Jon Kyl that the agency will use 50 immigration agents to screen jail inmates in Maricopa County after it revoked Sheriff Joe Arpaio's authority to access its systems. The agents will replace county officers who were specially trained and have the authority to perform the task in Arpaio's lockups. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano revoked that authority last week after the release of the Justice Department's investigative report. "As was done previously, all individuals booked into the Maricopa County jail will be screened to determine if they are removable from the United States," the statement said. Arpaio had 91 officers who had been doing the work. He has until January 4 to decide whether he wants to seek a settlement or allow the federal government to sue. 

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Cop Killer's Death Sentence: Bob Johnson of the Associated Press reports the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday overturned the death sentence of Billy Joe Magwood in Alabama for the 1979 shooting death of a county sheriff. The circuit judges said that at the time of the murder, killing a law enforcement officer was not a death penalty offense, and the sentence was retroactively applied to his case. The decision is here. On Monday the Alabama Attorney General's office had not decided if it will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the ruling stands, Magwood's sentence will become life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Justice Department Probes Another Law Enforcement Agency: Susan Haigh of the Associated Press reports investigators from the U.S Justice Department said the East Haven, Connecticut police department engaged in a pattern of discrimination against Latino residents. The Justice Department's civil rights division examined traffic stops from 2009 and 2010 and found a "failure to remedy a history of discrimination and a deliberate indifference to the rights of minorities." The Justice Department will reach out to the East Haven police department, town officials, and the community to work on reforms in the coming weeks. The Government can seek relief from federal courts if the police department or town officials do not cooperate.

Technology Helps Probation Dept. Recover Stolen Vehicles: Cathy Locke of The Sacramento Bee reports the Sacramento County Probation Department announced it has recovered 100 stolen vehicles since April 2010, when two department vehicles were equipped with Automated License Plate Reader technology. Cameras mounted on the patrol cars automatically scan and cross-match license plates against a statewide list of stolen vehicles. Officials said more than 3,000 license plates can be analyzed an hour while probation officers are doing routine caseload supervision in the community. The Sacramento area is ranked sixth in the nation as a "hot spot" for stolen cars. The Sacramento County Probation Department is the only probation agency in California using the Automated License Plate Reader system.

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