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FL Inmate Stay of Execution Overturned: Michael Peltier of Reuters reports a federal appeals court ended the stay of  execution of John Errol Ferguson Monday. The court determined that the stay issued earlier by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley was an abuse of discretion.  The opinion is here. Ferguson's lawyers are now seeking an emergency stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Ferguson is set to be executed Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Continued from this news scan.

Prop 34 Ads Make An Appearance: Howard Mintz of Mercury News reports campaigns both in support and opposing Prop 34 released ads this week. Maura Dolan has this article in the LA Times.  Prop 34 advocates argue eliminating the death penalty would save the state money. The supporters ad focuses on the case of Franky Carillo who was deemed innocent after serving 20 years for murder. However, opponents point out Carillo was not a death row inmate and that there are no innocent people on death row. They remind voters that only the most heinous killers are on California's death row. There will be a public event in San Jose Tuesday in which Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, and Marc Klaas, father of Polly Klaas, will speak against repealing the death penalty.

RI Child Killer Will Have Absentee Vote: Abbey Niezgoda of ABC 6 reports convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee will be voting in the upcoming election after all. The Rhode Island Board of Elections gave Cranston Board of Canvassers Chairman Joseph DeLorenzo an ultimatum Monday: sign off on Woodmansee's ballot or be criminally charged for dereliction of duty. DeLorenzo resigned that day as he was unwilling to let a convicted killer who may be insane vote. Another member of the board resigned last week. Two new board members were appointed with the understanding they would sign off on Woodmansee's ballot, which will be certified Tuesday. Continued from this news scan.

Inmate Assault Escalates to Brawl, NY Prison Locked Down:
The Associated Press reports the Five Points Correctional Facility in New York was locked down Sunday night after an inmate assault escalated and two prison guards were injured.  The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the prison will be locked down a total of five days.

CO Unidentified Killer's DNA Matches Attempted Abductor: Cindy Adams of the Examiner headlines DNA which was recovered in the case of murdered 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway matches the DNA of a man who attacked a 22-year-old in May. The suspect is described as a 5'6" to 5'8" white male with a medium build. Investigators reportedly found a clump of blonde hair believed to belong to Ridgeway and receipts from a local store where garbage bags were purchased.  Ridgeway's dismembered body was found in a garbage bag in a park. Footage from the store's surveillance is being checked in hopes of identifying who made the purchase. 

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