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Execution Date Set for SD Man Who Raped, Killed 9-Year-Old Girl: The Associated Press reports a judge has set an execution date for South Dakota death row inmate Donald Moeller for sometime between October 28 and November 3. The exact date and time will be determined by prison officials.  "Moeller was convicted in 1997 for the rape and killing of Becky O'Connell.  'It's been long and drawn out and uncalled for, and now he says he's ready?' the girl's mother, Tina Curl, said. 'Huh. Why didn't he say he was ready 22 years ago?'"

CA Gov Signs Bill to Let Death Row Inmate Help in Victim Search: The Associated Press reports the governor's office announced Tuesday that California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2357, giving the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation the authority to allow death row inmates to be taken off death row to help investigators search for the remains of victims. The bill was created to be applicable specifically to the case of serial killer Wesley Shermantine. The provisions in the bill are valid until January 1.

Trial Begins Over Nebraska's New Sex Offender Laws: Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star reports on Monday, the trial began over changes to Nebraska's sex offender laws passed by lawmakers in 2009. Some three dozen sex offenders who would be affected by the changes had sued the state, saying the new laws were unconstitutional and violated their First Amendment rights. Under the new laws, sex offenders would have to disclose to law enforcement online names they use and websites where they've posted comments. They would also have to consent to searches of their computers and software. Sex offenders would also be banned from using social networking sites, instant messaging services, or visiting chat rooms that can be accessed by minors. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/17/4637473/calif-bill-lets-death-row-inmate.html#storylink=cpy

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