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Death Warrant Signed for Idaho Inmate: Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press reports Judge Jon Shindurling on Thursday signed the death warrant for Idaho inmate Richard Albert Leavitt after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider Leavitt's appeal. The death warrant orders Leavitt to be executed by lethal injection within the next 30 days, on June 12. Leavitt was convicted in the brutal 1984 murder of 31-year-old Danette Elg. Prosecutors said Leavitt repeatedly stabbed her with force, then cut out her sexual organs. Leavitt was one of four Idaho death row inmates to sue the state in April over its new execution procedures. The lawsuit is still active.

Justice Department Announces New Regulations to Stop Prison Rape: Jesse J. Holland of the Associated Press reports the Justice Department on Thursday ordered federal, state, and local officials to adopt new zero tolerance regulations for prison rape. Agencies with confinement facilities, like the Department of Homeland Security, are required to have a similar protocol in place by this time next year. Federal prisons are immediately bound to the new regulations. States that don't comply could lose a percentage of their Justice Department prison money.

House to Vote on Changes to Defense Authorization Bill: The Wall Street Journal has this piece about the upcoming vote in the House on a measure that would change policies put in place since 9/11. According to the article, what this means is that if al Qaeda operatives "happen to make it to the U.S., they will have to be handled like your neighborhood burglar." The article says this comes at a time when "political battles over terrorist detention were finally calming down," and says it's a "misguided wing of the tea party [that] is giving political cover to the left to revive this fight."

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