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CA Should Adopt Single-Drug Executions: Paul Elias of the Associated Press reports California has 14 inmates on death row who have exhausted all of their appeals. More and more prosecutors, capital punishment proponents, and law enforcement officials are seeking to have the state abandon the three-drug execution protocol and adopt a single-drug lethal injection as six other states have done. Criminal Justice Legal Foundation President Michael Rushford explained that Washington resumed executions six months after adopting the single-drug process. California could do the same. Courts have ordered a halt in executions under California's three-drug protocol since 2006.

Fresno Double-Killer To Be Paroled:
Pablo Lopez of the Fresno Bee reports convicted killer Steven Sanchez will soon be paroled in California. Sanchez was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old niece in the head in 1985. He was sentenced to 26 years to life. A policy change adopted for the state parole board in 2008 discounts the severity of the crime and substitutes and evaluation of the murderer's current danger to the public as the deciding factor on which inmates serving indeterminate life terms can be released on parole after serving 85% of their sentence.

GA Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence: UPI News reports the Georgia Supreme Court upheld Clayton Jerrod Ellington's convictions but overturned his death sentence Monday. Ellington was convicted of the 2006 beating murders with a hammer of his wife and their two-year-old twin sons. His case will receive a new sentencing trial.

Stockton Homicide Rate Increases: Michael Fitzgerald of the Stockton Record  reports Stockton had its 64th and 65th murders of the year Sunday. Stockton had 58 homicides total in all of 2011.

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