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Brothers Condemned in Different States: Kristi Eaton of the Associated Press has this piece about brothers Roger and Rodney Berget, sentenced to death in different states for crimes separated by more than 25 years. "The siblings' journey from the poverty of their South Dakota childhood to stormy, crime-ridden adult lives shows the far-reaching effects of a damaged upbringing -- and the years of havoc wrought by two men who developed what the courts called a wanton disregard for human life," Eaton writes. In 1985, Roger and a friend carjacked a man at gunpoint in Oklahoma City and put him in the trunk of the car. They drove the car to a deserted spot and shot the victim in the back of the head and neck. Roger was executed by lethal injection in 2000. In 2011, while serving a life sentence in South Dakota for attempted murder and kidnapping, Rodney and another inmate killed a prison guard in a failed attempt to escape. Rodney's execution is scheduled for September.

Brazil President Signs DNA Legislation: PR Newswire reports the country of Brazil has passed into law legislation requiring DNA from convicted criminals to be included in the national Brazilian DNA database. Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, signed the legislation on May 28. The article says Brazil is the 56th country, and the third in South America, to pass DNA database legislation. Tim Schellberg, the president of a firm that consults globally on DNA law and policy, says he now excepts other Latin American countries to follow the lead of Brazil amd create similar legislation.

Shortage of Lethal Injection Drug Holding Up Executions in Vietnam: The Associated Press reports Vietnam's Vice Public Security Minister Dang Van Hieu told a newspaper Tuesday executions have been on hold in the country due to a shortage of the drug used in lethal injections. The drug was not named, but has to be imported, which Hieu said has "proved to be difficult." Last July, Vietnam changed its execution method from firing squad to lethal injection, and no inmates have been executed since.

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