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Oregon Inmate Seeks New Death Warrant: Helen Jung of The Oregonian reports a lawyer for condemned inmate Gary Haugen says a Marion County circuit judge should issue a new death warrant for Haugen, after Governor John Kitzhaber announced in November that he would not allow any executions to proceed while he is governor. Haugen was sentenced to death in 2003 for killing a fellow inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary, where he was serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of his ex-girlfriend's mother. Haugen was scheduled to be executed in December. Haugen's lawyer cites several reasons why the reprieve is not valid. Haugen says the decision leaves him in limbo, where he cannot be executed nor receive a commutation of his sentence, and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

DNA Match Leads to Arrest in 1974 Slaying of Teen Girl: Harry Harris of the Oakland Tribune reports a DNA match led to the arrest of Curtis J. Tucker for the 1974 murder and sexual molestation of a 13-year-old girl in Oakland. The girl was found by her mother, beaten to death in the bathroom of their apartment. DNA from a semen stain on the girl's shirt was matched to Tucker, whose DNA was in the nationwide database from a 1978 arrest for rape in Washington. Tucker also served time in prison for a 1972 felony burglary conviction in Oakland, where he posed as a deliveryman, broke into a woman's apartment, and tried to sexually assault her. This case is believed to be the oldest cold case investigated by Oakland police.

Woman Raped at Occupy New Haven: NBC Connecticut reports a female member of the Occupy New Haven movement was raped in a tent at the Occupy camp. Police charged England Gamble with first-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint. Gamble was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 1991. The state sex offender registry said he did not register his address after being released from prison in 1996. 

CA Bill to Create Banned Persons List for Sporting Events: Demian Bulwa of the San Francisco Chronicle reports Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill that would ban people convicted of serious or violent felonies at major league sporting events from such events for up to five years. Those caught attending a game while banned would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The Department of Justice would also publish and maintain an online database of those banned from sporting events, which would include their criminal history. Sports teams would be asked to contribute money to fund the online list of banned fans, and to pay those who provide information that leads to the arrest of violent spectators. The text of the bill is here.

Turning Murderers Into Victims: Lester Jackson has this piece in American Thinker about some Supreme Court Justices' tendencies to sympathize with murderers more so than victims. Dr. Jackson notes in an email that the headline was the editor's choice, not his.     

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