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TX Inmate Set For Execution: The Associated Press reports that John Balentine's clemency petition was rejected 7-0 by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole Monday, following the denial of his appeal Friday by a 3-judge-panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Balentine was convicted of the fatal 1998 shootings of 3 minors, one 17 and two 15 years old, as they slept because of a feud between he and the 17-year-old victim. Balentine is set to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening.

DOJ Denies Dugard Misconduct Claim: Demian Bulwa of SF Gate reports that the Justice Department filed argument in U.S. District Court which denies that DOJ attorneys were guilty of misconduct claimed by Jaycee Dugard.  In a federal lawsuit, Dugard  claims that DOJ attorneys told a U.S. Parole Commissioner she could not testify in court as Dugard's sole expert witness. The DOJ argues that the Commissioner is a direct witness, who had released Garrido from prison once in 1993, during the time Dugard was held in the Garridos' backyard compound.  Getty claimed she never agreed to be an expert witness. Dugard's attorneys filed a counter claim noting that Getty had sent them an e-mail saying she agreed to being paid $300/hour to testify as an 'expert consultant.'

Convicted Arsonist Faces Death Penalty: Lori Fowler of the Daily Bulletin reports that San Bernardino prosecutors asked the jury Monday to impose the death penalty in the case of the Old Fire arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler, convicted of five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson. Five residents died of heart attacks resulting from the evacuation and destruction from the 2003 fire. Fowler has a criminal history including burglary, robbery, beating his pregnant ex-girlfriend and raping another ex, whose child he threatened to rape, and harassment of fellow inmates and guards while in custody.  Fowler was convicted "of repeatedly raping and torturing his cellmate at West Valley Detention Center" in 2009. Fowler's attorney has waived his opening statement until Aug. 29. 

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