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Trial for Norway Mass Murderer Begins Monday: The Daily Mail (UK) reports the trial for 33-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who admits killing 77 people in Norway last summer, began Monday. He pleaded not guilty to terror and murder charges, and said he was acting in self-defense. Breivik also said he did not recognize the authority of the court. A 200-seat courtroom was built specifically for the trial, where thick glass partitions separate victims and their families from Breivik.

CA Bill Would Require Qualifying Inmates to Pay for Imprisonment: The Paper reports California Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) has introduced a bill to require a court to order an offender to pay all or a portion of the costs of imprisonment in a state prison or county jail if they are able. The court would be required to order the defendant, before a hearing on the matter, to file a statement setting forth their assets, liability, and income. The latest version of the bill, SB 1124, is here. It will be heard in front of the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

Tennessee Appeals Court Upholds New Execution Procedures: Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel reports the Tennessee Court of Appeals last week affirmed the decision by Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman that upheld a new state Department of Correction procedure under the state's three-drug lethal injection process. After an inmate is given a single dose of sodium thiopental, the warden will check to ensure the inmate is unconscious before the executioner is instructed to continue with the next two drugs. The decision is likely be appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court by current death row inmates. The court's opinion is here.

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