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9th Circuit to Reconsider Decision on CA DNA Law: California Attorney General Kamala Harris has said collecting DNA from arrestees has solved thousands of crimes.

Butte County Struggles With Early Releases:  Katy Sweeny of the Chico Enterprise-Record reports Butte County Undersheriff Kory Honea said Wednesday the county's jail has had to release more inmates to reduce crowding and make space for high-risk offenders since realignment took effect. "It's been difficult, no doubt about that," Honea said. "Every day has been a challenge to make sure we're not exceeding the cap on the jail and making sure those who are the most dangerous are in jail." Lt. Jennifer Gonzales said criminals know what charges will keep them out of prison and now jail, so they are more likely to risk committing the offense.

Oklahoma Triple-Murderer Makes Another Attempt to Stop Execution: Tim Talley of the Associated Press reports Oklahoma death row inmate Michael Hooper's lawyer filed a motion on Tuesday seeking an emergency hearing to stay Hooper's August 14 execution. Hooper was sentenced to death for the 1993 killings of his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend and her two children, ages 5 and 3. Each victim was shot twice in the head and buried in a shallow grave in a field. Attorney Jim Drummond wants a federal judge to require the state to have a backup dose of pentobarbital available in case the original dose is not successful. Pentobarbital is the first drug administered as part of the state's three-drug lethal injection procedure. Earlier this month, Drummond filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of Hooper after officials said they only had one dose of pentobarbital left. Oklahoma has since obtained 20 more doses. This most recent complaint also questions whether those new doses were manufactured for human or veterinary use, and whether the state's execution procedure is constitutional since other states have begun using a single fast-acting barbiturates. As of Wednesday afternoon, no emergency hearing had been set.

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