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Contempt Vote Against Holder Scheduled: Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News reports Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) announced Monday the House Oversight Committee will vote Wednesday, June 20, on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The contempt action stems from Holder's failure to hand over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 related to the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" investigation. Issa says the contempt process can be stopped at any time by the Justice Department turning over the subpoenaed documents. A full House vote will likely be scheduled in the matter if the House Oversight Committee approves the contempt citation.

FBI Says Reported Crime Down: Pete Yost of the Associated Press reports the number of reported violent crimes across the U.S. fell 4 percent in comparison to 2010. The FBI also said the number of reported property crimes went down 0.8 percent. This is the fifth straight year of declines for violent crimes and ninth straight year of declines for property crimes, according to preliminary FBI data. The decline in crime was more significant in the first half of 2011 than the second half of the year. The FBI gathered information from 14,009 law enforcement agencies around the country.

9th Circuit Rules in Favor of News Groups for Execution Viewing: Jessie L. Bonner of the Associated Press reports the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that witnesses, including reporters, should be allowed full viewing access to Idaho's upcoming execution. The decision came a day after the court heard arguments in a lawsuit from the Associated Press and 16 other news organizations seeking to change Idaho's protocol, which prevents witness from viewing executions until after catheters have been inserted into the veins of the inmate.

Florida Sued Over Voter Roll Purge: Gary Fineout of the Associated Press reports a Hispanic civic organization and two naturalized citizens filed a lawsuit on Friday, asking a federal court to stop Florida from continuing its purge of ineligible voters from the state's voter rolls. On May 31, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to Florida saying the purge violates federal law. Last week, the state said it disagreed with federal authorities.

Savings From CA Death Penalty Repeal Debatable: Michael O'Reilley has this opinion piece in the Napa Valley Register where he says, "there is no reliable evidence that repealing the death penalty will save money." He points to how it is difficult to determine the true cost difference between prosecuting a capital case versus an LWOP case, discusses the plea bargain effect, the costs of housing an inmate for life, and the deterrent effect of the death penalty.

Officer Shootings Rise Sharply in LA County: "Until you really pull each of them apart, you don't know whether it was just a blip or if it is the start of an upward trend," said Michael Gennaco, who heads the county's Office of Independent Review. "By and large these are not shootings of misperception or overreaction," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "They are legitimate responses to serious threats."

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