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Canadian on Death Row in Montana Denied Clemency Recommendation: Matt Gouras of the Associated Press reports Ronald A. Smith, believed to be one of only two Canadians on death row in the United States, received a recommendation of no clemency from the Montana Parole Board on Monday. In 1982, Smith marched two young men into the woods near a highway and shot them both in the head with a rifle. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer could grant or deny him clemency, or take no action at all before leaving office at the end of the year, leaving the decision to his successor.

New York City Bans Junk Food in Jails: Reuven Blau of New York Daily News reports a proposal is in place to ban popular junk food items from the  commissary snack bars at all city jails. Junk food in vending machines on Rikers Island that are accessible to staff and visitors may also have junk food removed from them. Some officials worry that the change will anger inmates and lead to increased violence. Other officials hope the move could help reduce the rising costs of medical care for inmates.

Juvenile Conviction Still Counts as Strike: Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied review of DeShaun Staunton's challenge to California's three-strikes law, specifically the part in which some juvenile convictions are counted as a strike. Staunton was convicted at age 16 for the robbery of an ice cream vendor. He pleaded guilty to residential burglary in 2010, and was sentenced to twice the normal term because of his first strike. Serious or violent felony convictions in juvenile court at ages 16 or 17 qualify as a strike, according to the state law. A state appeals court in San Jose upheld Staunton's sentence last year. The U.S. Supreme court previously rejected an appeal in another San Jose case from a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling that reached the same conclusion.

Texas Killer's Execution Delayed: The Associated Press reports the scheduled June 6 execution of Bobby Lee Hines has been delayed. Hines was convicted of killing 26-year-old Michelle Wendy Haupt in 1991. She was strangled and stabbed with an ice pick. At the time, Hines was on probation for a burglary conviction. Dallas County prosecutors asked a judge to withdraw the execution date because results of additional DNA testing won't be available by then. The request was approved by District Court Judge Don Adams in Dallas on Friday.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/21/3974561/convicted-killers-june-execution.html#storylink=cpy

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