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South Dakota Legislature Approves Limiting Appeals for Condemned Inmates: Tess Fitzgerald of the Associated Press reports the South Dakota House has approved a bill already passed in the state Senate aimed at preventing death row inmates from filing repeated appeals to delay their executions. Under the legislation, in most cases condemned inmates who lost their first appeal could only file one additional appeal.

UK Court Approves Use of Facebook to Serve Legal Claims: Raphael Satter of the Associated Press reports a High Court judge in England approved the use of Facebook for serving legal claims in a case involving two investment managers who have accused a brokerage firm of overcharging them. Justice Nigel Teare, during a pretrial hearing, permitted lawyers in the commercial dispute to serve the suit against the defendant via Facebook. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Office for England and Wales said it was the first time anyone have been served through the popular social networking site "as far as we're aware."

Caller Dies While Police Prepare for Occupy March: Henry K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle reports Berkeley police did not dispatch an officer to a man's house after he called to report a trespasser who later beat him to death because they were keeping officers on standby for an Occupy Oakland march headed towards UC Berkeley. 13 minutes after Peter Cukor called police to report a suspicious person hanging around his property, his wife called 911 to report the assault. After walking to a nearby fire station for help, where firefighters were out on a call, Cukor returned home and was allegedly bludgeoned with a knee-high ceramic pot by 23-year-old
Daniel Jordan DeWitt. One of the officers who responded after the 911 call had seen Cukor's initial nonemergency call on his police-cruiser computer while he was about two miles away. He had volunteered to respond two to three minutes before the 911 call, but a dispatcher had reminded the officer that police officials had decided to only respond to high-priority calls that night because of the Occupy Oakland march. In a statement Tuesday, police Lt. Andrew Greenwood confirmed "only criminal, in-progress emergency calls were to be dispatched, due to the reduction in officers available to handle calls for service" as a result of the march. Greenwood said Cukor's first call was logged as a suspicious-person report and was "queued for dispatch." Those types of calls are usually quickly given to an officer, and if handled promptly, sources say an officer probably would have arrived within 10 minutes.

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