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California AG Will Not Appeal Release of Convicted Murderer: Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle reports Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris' office, said the office will not appeal last week's ruling by a state appeals court in San Francisco that Carl Wade is entitled to "compassionate release." Harris' office could have asked the state Supreme Court to review the case. Wade was convicted of first-degree murder in 1989 for the 1986 shooting death of a fellow woodcutter who shared his trailer home. He was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. Wade was classified as totally disabled in 2007, and diagnosed as terminally ill last summer. His lawyer says Wade will be freed from a state prison in Vacaville within days to live with his sister and her family in Chico.

Unabomber Submits Update to Harvard Alumni Book: Denise Lavoie of the Associated Press reports Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, a Harvard University graduate, was invited to submit an entry for the 50th class reunion report. In the alumni directory, Kaczynski lists his occupation as "prisoner" and says his awards are "Eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998." The alumni association says it now regrets allowing his update to be published. "While all members of the class who submit entries are included, we regret publishing Kaczynski's references to his convictions and apologize for any distress that it may have caused others," the Harvard Alumni Association said in a statement. A Harvard spokesman said the update was submitted by Kaczynski, though did not say how that was confirmed.

Shermantine Admits Involvement, Says Tries Not to Think About It: Koula Gianulias of CBS13 reports California death row inmate Wesley Shermantine, who has blamed all of the murders he was convicted of on Loren Herzog since his arrest in 1999, admitted some responsibility for the crimes that spanned two decades. In an interview, Shermantine said, "I had an active role." Shermantine wouldn't say any names, and said he's going to reveal everything in a book. He said he was inspired to confess after so many years after one of his son's stopped speaking to him, which Shermantine said caused him to think about how the families of victims must have felt. He also said in the interview, "to think about the stuff that I did, I try not to. I would have nightmares."

Judge Orders Mediation Talks in Idaho Execution Policy Suit: Todd Dvorak of the Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge on Thursday ordered mediation talks between Idaho prison officials and the 17 news organization that filed a lawsuit this week challenging the state's policy that limits public access to lethal injection executions. The order requires the parties to begin nonbinding mediation on or before June 1 under the supervision of Magistrate Judge Candy Dale.  


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