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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Okay to Force-Feed Inmates: Dave Collins of the Associated Press reports the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Monday prison inmates in the state who go on hunger strikes can be restrained and force-fed. The unanimous decision came in the case of William Coleman, 51, who stopped eating in protest of his sexual assault conviction and claimed that force-feeding him violated his free speech rights and his 14th Amendment rights. "The Department of Correction has an obligation to ensure the safety and security of the inmates in our custody," a statement from prison officials agreeing with the court's decision said. "This ruling has affirmed our ability to carry out that mission." The court's opinion is here.

Convicted Killer Got Unemployment While in Jail: The Associated Press reports Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said Anthony Garcia received more than $30,000 in fraudulent unemployment while in Los Angeles County jail from 2008 to 2010. Garcia was convicted of the 2004 killing of a rival gang member. He has the murder scene tattooed on his chest. Parker said Garcia's father and two girlfriends would get the checks, cash them, and then deposit the money into Garcia's inmate account and the accounts of fellow gang members. Garcia's father and the two girlfriends were arrested Thursday on charges including grand theft. Authorities have no yet decided whether to charge Garcia. 

One of the Largest Methamphetamine Busts in U.S. History: John Coté of the San Francisco Chronicle reports a Palo Alto, CA police investigation into stolen iPads led to one of the largest methamphetamine busts in the country's history. 750 pounds, or 340 kilograms, of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $34 million was seized by police and federal agents from a San Jose apartment. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the drugs were spotted by Palo Alto investigators who were following up on stolen iPads. The bust "is one of the largest we are aware of," DEA Special Agent Casey Rettig said. Three people were arrested after the raid, and Rettig said "there is definitely the potential for more arrests."

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