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Execution Scheduled for Man Who Killed Daughter, Ex-Wife, In-Laws: Holbrook Mohr of the Associated Press reports Jan Michael Brawner is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Mississippi at 6 p.m. local time for killing his 3-year-old daughter, his ex-wife, and her parents in their home. Brawner, who admitted to the killings, went to his former in-laws' house after learning his ex-wife was planning on stopping him from seeing their daughter. His daughter watched as he shot his former mother-in-law and then his ex-wife. According to court records, after Brawner realized that his daughter could identify him, in his own words, he "was just bent on killing." He shot his daughter twice, killing her. He shot and killed his former father-in-law when he got home from work, and then stole about $300 and his former mother-in-law's wedding ring, which he used to propose to his girlfriend later the same day.

NY Bill Would Deny Spousal Killers Control of Burial: Michael Gormley of the Associated Press reports under legislation agreed to by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders on Monday, those accused of murdering their wives or husbands will no longer have control over their spouses' burials. Under current state law, regardless of the manner of death, the surviving spouse has primary control over the deceased spouse's funeral arrangements. Relatives of Constance Shepard helped push for the change. Shepherd's husband had slashed her throat and then refused to release her body, eventually having his attorney bury her remains near his favorite fishing spot, hundreds of miles away from her home. The bill is part of a package that would make repeated misdemeanor arrests in domestic violence cases a felony. The law will also give judges the power to set higher bail in domestic violence cases based on "risk factors," such as the suspect owning a gun. A statewide fatality review team will be created to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides. The package is expected to pass in the Senate and Assembly before the end of the Legislature's regular session June 21.

Florida to Sue Dept. of Homeland Security Over Voter Registration: Jonathan Easley of The Hill reports the Florida Secretary of State filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Department of Homeland Security related to Florida Governor Rick Scott's purging of ineligible voters from the state's voter rolls. Scott said they have been asking for the department's SAVE database for months, and are suing DHS to give the state access to it.

Trial Set in Connecticut Death Penalty Bias Case: The Associated Press reports a trial date has been set for an appeal by death row inmates in Connecticut that alleges racial and geographic biases in how the now repealed death penalty is sought by state prosecutors. The trial is scheduled to begin in September. Nine of the ten inmates on the state's death row are involved in the appeal. Some attorneys for the inmates think the trial should be put on hold until the state Supreme Court looks at the constitutionality of the part of the death penalty repeal that upholds current death sentences. State prosecutors say the litigation should go forward, and that they will oppose efforts to raise the repeal issue in the bias case.

CA Counties Struggle With Influx of Realignment Inmates, Budget Shortfalls: In Sacramento County, Brad Branan of The Sacramento Bee reports Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said if supervisors approve the currently proposed budget cuts, he would have no choice but to release 540 inmates early from local jails. Jones also said the department would have to stop responding to certain crimes like burglary and limit the number of patrols. Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully said if the proposed cuts go through, she would have to further reduce prosecutions of drug and property crimes. In Yolo County, Darrell Smith of The Sacramento Bee reports a Yolo County grand jury report released Friday said the effects of Realignment were quickly felt, especially with the housing of parole violators. It troubled the panel that more inmates with serious criminal histories were now being housed in their county. "This becomes problematic for Yolo County," the report read. "AB 109 makes population management even more difficult than in the past." The jail cannot hold the maximum number of inmates because some inmates have to be segregated from the general population. The jurors also said the rising medical and mental health costs as a result of the rising number of inmates have been a "major challenge" to the county. 


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/12/4554951/grand-jury-says-inmate-shift-strains.html#storylink=cpy

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