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Gary Haugen Has His Day in Court: Helen Jung of the Oregonian reports Senior Judge Timothy Alexander said on Tuesday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's reprieve of Gary Haugen's execution may not be valid based on previous state Supreme Court decisions. Haugen had waived his appeals and volunteered for execution. State Assistant Attorney General Tim Sylwester argued that Haugen does not need to accept the reprieve for it to be valid. Haugen's attorney argued that in past cases before the state's Supreme Court, it adopted an 1833 U.S. Supreme Court interpretation that suggests inmates have to agree to pardons or similar acts for them to be valid. Sylwester said he could not point to any other decisions showing that the Oregon Supreme Court had taken a different view.

38,000 CA Felons Realigned So Far: Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee reports an initial study by the Chief of Probation Officers of California shows that a total of 38,000 felons have been shifted from state to local control in California under realignment so far; 23,000 to post-release community supervision rather than parole, and 15,000 into local jails and probation rather than to state prison.

CA DA and Victim's Sister Speak Out Against Death Penalty Repeal: In the Daily Democrat today is an opinion piece by Jeff Reisig, the Yolo County district attorney, and Guadalupe Diaz, the sister of murdered Yolo County Deputy Sheriff Jose "Tony" Diaz. On June 15, 2008, Marco Topete, a gang member who had been convicted of multiple felonies, murdered Deputy Diaz after a high speed chase that ended with Topete abandoning his car on foot and leaving his infant child in the vehicle. Officer Diaz stopped pursuing Topete to stay with the infant, when Topete then shot Diaz 17 times in the back. Reisig and Diaz remind the public that currently on California's death row are 235 rapists/sexual assault murderers, 225 child murderers, 90 torture murderers, and 43 cop killers.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/07/realignment-has-shifted-38000-felons-to-local-control.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/07/realignment-has-shifted-38000-felons-to-local-control.html#storylink=cpy"

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