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Kentucky to Change Execution Method: Brett Barrouquere of the Associated Press reports the Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice today that it will propose new regulations to its execution method, which currently calls for a single drug or combination of drugs, by July 24. In its last execution the state used a combination of  sodium thiopental, pancurionium bromide, and potassium chloride. The motion does not say what changes will be made. As reported in a News Scan in April, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd gave Kentucky 90 days to make changes to its execution method or defend it at trial. Shepherd ruled that a switch to a one-drug execution will render moot any cruel and unusual punishment arguments raised by death row inmates in a lawsuit.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs 3 Death Warrants: Yvonne P Mazzulo of Examiner.com reports Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed execution warrants for three men on Wednesday. Darien Houser is scheduled to be executed on July 24. He was sentenced to death in 2006 for killing Philadelphia Warrant Officer Sgt. Joseph LeClaire in 2004 as LeClaire was attemtping to serve Houser a warrant for failing to appear at his trial on rape charges. Houser killed LeClaire and wounded two other officers after opening fire on them. John Koehler Jr. is scheduled to be executed July 25 for pursuading William Curley to kill Koehler's girlfriend and her 9-year-old son in 1995. Koehler told Curley he would kill him if he didn't kill the victims. Willie Clayton is scheduled to be executed July 26. He was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing two drug dealers in their apartments during separate robberies two months apart in 1980. 

Judge Proposes Gradual Transition of CA Prison Oversight: Don Thompson of the Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday ruled California is not yet ready to completely retake control of the medical care systems in its prisons, and ordered the federal receiver J. Clark Kelso to continue a gradual transition of his responsibilities to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates submitted conflicting recommendations to Henderson for ending the receivership. Henderson wants both sides to comment on his transition plan by July 20.

Indiana Judge Considering Constitutionality of Sex Offender Facebook Ban: Charles Wilson of the Associated Press reports a federal judge heard arguments Thursday in the ACLU of Indiana's challenge to an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networking sites that can be accessed by children. The ACLU of Indiana says the law violates sex offenders' free speech rights, and argues its unconstitutional to ban sex offenders from sites like Facebook if they are no longer incarcerated or on probation. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt says she plans to rule within a month.

CA Assembly Passes Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims: The Associated Press reports the California Assembly unanimously approved legislation that would allow judges to order defendants who have had a restraining order issued against them in a domestic violence case to wear a GPS device. The bill now goes to the Senate. The most recent version of the bill is here.   

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