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MD Looks at Death Penalty:  The Baltimore Sun's Timothy B. Wheeler reports Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is co-sponsoring a bill to repeal the state's death penalty although polls show that state voters favor capital punishment at 48 to 42%  Opposing the move are state police officials, Baltimore County State Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger, and relatives of victims.

TX Manhunt for Schizophrenic Sex Offender:  CBS News reports that a manhunt for Alberto Morales is underway in Texas. Monday night, after detectives transporting Morales stopped at a Dallas Wal Mart,  he managed to stab one of the detectives and escape.  He was being transported from Miami to Nevada where he had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault.  Morales also had a 2003 conviction for attacking two women in Miami. After his escape, he was placed on TX's "10 Most Wanted" list, with a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

PA Juvenile Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole: 
Dana DiFilippo of Philly News reports that Judge Linda A. Carpenter sentenced Radames Sanabria of Philadelphia to life without parole Wednesday. Sanabria was 17 in 2010 when he fatally shot Jerome Carlyle Jr., 14.   At the time of the murder, he was on probation for assault and wanted on a bench warrant. In its June ruling in Miller v. Alabama the U.S. Supreme Court held that state laws requiring mandatory LWOP for juveniles convicted of aggravated murder were unconstitutional.  The ruling was presumed to allow discretionary sentencing but the high court may have to revisit the issue to make this clear. 

San Diego Crime Spiked in 2012:  Fox News reports San Diego, CA experienced a 6.9 percent increase in crime in 2012 from 2011. Police Chief William Lansdowne attributes this to the downsizing of the SDPD and AB 109's mandated movement of inmates to the county jail. The number of murders, rapes, aggravated assaults and thefts have all risen sharply from the previous year. As an approximate 2,100 former state inmates have been realigned, the county is experiencing a 24 percent recidivism rate.

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