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Convicted Murderer Sends Federal Judge Threatening Letter: San Diego News 10 reports a convicted murderer, Eric Anthony Lopez, was found guilty of sending a threatening letter to U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez. In the letter, Lopez threatened to 'bring death' and 'eliminate' her by introducing her to "Your Grim Reaper 'Old Bacill(u)s Anthracis,' aka Anthrax." Lopez faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison on the threat conviction. Sentencing is set for May 14.

California Can Force Felony Arrestees to Submit DNA: Paul Elias of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says California can continue to force all adults arrested for felonies to submit DNA samples. The court said the interests of law enforcement outweigh any privacy concerns raised. The state's DNA database contains more than 1.5 million profiles. The court's decision is here.

Death Sentence Repeal Bill Moving Forward in Connecticut Legislature: JC Reindl of The Day reports a bill that would repeal the death penalty in Connecticut has passed 23-15 in the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee. The wording of the bill only applies to future crimes, replacing execution with life imprisonment without parole. State Rep. Ernest Hewett said passing the bill would result in lawsuits, delaying current death row inmates from facing the death penalty any time soon. State Rep. Steven Mikutel said, "the life of a cold-blooded killer seems to be more valued by these advocates than the innocent murdered, and that is morally wrong." A 2011 Quinnipiac University poll found that 67 percent of registered voters in Connecticut favor the death penalty. Mikutel says legislators should adhere to the wishes of the state's residents over interest groups.

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