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Los Angeles Police to Ignore Impound Law: William Lajeunesse of Fox News reports the Los Angeles Police Department will begin ignoring the California impound law by no longer impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. Most unlicensed motorists in Los Angeles are illegal immigrants with low-income jobs, and the LAPD defends the decision by saying the law is unfair since it limits the ability of illegal immigrants to get to their jobs, and paying the fine to get their car back is a hardship. Following this change, an unlicensed driver will not have their car impounded if they can provide some form of identification, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration. Opponents argue unlicensed drivers are among the most dangerous on the road, supported by a 2011 AAA study titled "Unlicensed to Kill," which found unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash and flee the scene than licensed drivers. The LAPD said officers will begin implementation within weeks.

Inmate Charged With Killing Cellmate Now Faces Death Penalty: Denny Walsh of the Sacramento Bee reports federal prisoner Samuel Stone, 32, faces the death penalty following charges of brutally murdering his cellmate in 2003 while housed in a segregation unit at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater, California. At the time Stone was serving a life sentence for two murders in 1999.  The government's notice that it will seek the death penalty says Stone "poses a continuing danger" to inmates, prison guards, and other officials "at correctional institutions where he is or will be incarcerated." Duh.  

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