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Oklahoma Execution Carried Out: Tim Talley of the Associated Press reports Michael Bascum Selsor was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. in Oklahoma yesterday. Selsor shot 55-year-old Clayton Chandler eight times during an armed robbery in 1975. One of Chandler's daughters, Debbie Huggins, said, "This was much kinder what we did to him today than what he did to my dad." After waiting almost 37 years for justice in her father's death,  "Today we got that justice," she said. "We're glad that it's finally over. Be at peace. The race is finally over."

CA Woman Who Killed Firefighter in Fatal DUI Avoids Jail Time: Corey Pride of the Los Banos Enterprise reports Amie Chick, who pleaded guilty to one count of felony vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to a year in jail, will not serve any jail time. According to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, a Merced County Sheriff's spokesman, under AB 109, Chick was eligible for a house-arrest program and will serve her sentence at home, wearing an electronic monitoring device. MacKenzie said Chick was sent home because there is an effort to lower the combined daily population of Merced County Main Jail and the John Latorraca Correctional Center. "Obviously, if (certain inmates) fall under the AB 109 guidelines because of housing issues, we have to let them go," MacKenzie said. "Unfortunately, we have to keep the worst of the worst, and let the best of the worst go."

GOP House Leaders Seek to Hold Holder in Contempt Over Fast & Furious: Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post reports Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler says he plans to challenge with the U.S. Supreme Court the state's Court of Appeals ruling from last week that prohibits DNA collection from those charged but not yet convicted in violent crimes if the state judges do not reverse the decision themselves. Gansler filed a motion on Tuesday asking the court to stay and reconsider its decision that taking DNA samples from criminal suspects after they are charged is a violation of the suspects' constitutional rights. "In my view, the only invasion of privacy in this case was when the defendant broke into the home of a 53-year-old woman and raped her at gunpoint," Gansler said. In his motion, Gansler argues the state court's decision runs counter to what other courts nationwide have held on the same issue.
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