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TX Inmate Sentenced to Death, Breaks Into Fit of Rage: Dianna Hunt of the Star Telegram reports that Steven Lawayne Nelson was sentenced to death in Texas Tuesday for the 2011 murder of a pastor. Minutes after the jury handed down the death penalty for Nelson, he broke out in a fit of rage in his holding cell and broke a fire sprinkler flooding the courtroom with water infused with a fire retardant. Nelson could be heard screaming from his cell as bystanders were evacuated. Court personnel secured all boxes of evidence before any could be damaged. He has repeatedly flooded cells, fought with jailers and caused mayhem while in prison. Continued from this news scan.

Observer to Oversee LA Sheriffs in Jail Reforms: Jason Song of the Los Angeles Times reports the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire an independent observer to oversee jail reforms to ensure deputies are not using excessive force to control inmates. The board will require monthly progress reports. The board's Chief Executive William Fujioka will meet with sheriff's officials to discuss staffing needs to ensure the pattern of inmate abuse is stopped.

CA Lawyer Argues Against Prop 34: The Morgan Hill Times has this opinion from attorney Jeff Nunez who argues against Proposition 34. Nunez states there are some crimes for which no punishment is appropriate besides death. The death penalty is not solely to deter crime or a punishment which should be weighed in terms of money. The death sentence is meant to serve justice for victims like Polly Klaas and her family.

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