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LA DA Asks for Single-Drug Executions: Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle reports CA Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris do not appear to have any intention of enforcing the death penalty. CA's supply of the three-drug protocol for executions will expire in 2014, and the state will not be able to acquire more. Despite this, CA has yet to switch to the one-drug protocol, which CJLF President Michael Rushford believes is deliberate. With some states moving forward with executions, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley requested the single-drug executions of CA death row inmates Tiequon Cox and Mitchell Sims, both convicted of multiple murders.

MA Gov. to Sign "Three Strikes" Crime Bill: Michael Levenson of the Boston Globe reports Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will sign a bill which removes the possibility of parole for repeat offenders which in three separate instances have been convicted of violent felonies including murder, rape, and home invasion and served three years in state prison, As a result of the bill, some nonviolent drug offenders will be eligible for parole. Despite limiting judges' flexibility in sentencing repeat offenders, Patrick has stated he will sign the bill.

Shasta County to Increase Offender Accountability: Colin Lygren of KHSL TV reports the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday that it will be sending certain inmates to both Lassen and El Dorado counties. With the jail at capacity in Shasta, offenders have not been forced to go to court and have been remaining on the streets. Officers in the county have been making arrests but some habitual non-violent criminals never appear in court for sentencing. Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti said there have been 922 people arrested for over 2900 crimes since last October when realignment went into effect. Inmate transfers could begin as early as the third week of August.

ND Man Convicted of Beheading Receives Life in Prison: Dave Kolpack of the Associated Press reports Daniel Wacht was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday in North Dakota.  Wacht was convicted of the shooting and beheading of Kurt Johnson, allegedly to show the white supremwcist gang Aryan Nation that he could run a local group. Wacht was a fugitive from charges in California at the time of the killing.. Johnson's head was found in a crawlspace in Wacht's basement, though his body was never found.

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