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FL Sex Offender May Face Death:  The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Florida State Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty for Joseph Edward Jordan if convicted. Jordan, 42, allegedly murdered his roommate, Keith Cope, 50, in June 2009. Jordan bound Cope to bedposts with rope and duct tape. Jordan then took the contents of his wallet and stole his car. Cope had a stroke and was found unconscious by his girlfriend days later. The resulting circulatory damage led to his death. Jordan has an extensive criminal history including drug dealing, grand theft, burglary, false imprisonment of an underage girl, and failing to register as a sex offender.

GA Murderers Fighting Single-Drug Executions:  David Beasley of Reuters reports that two-time convicted killer Warren Lee Hill will be executed Today at 7:00 p.m. in Georgia, from this News Scan. Hill's execution was delayed last summer due to legal wrangling over Georgia's switch from the three-drug lethal injection cocktail to a single-drug protocol. Discussed by Kent Scheidegger here. His attorneys seek to overturn the death sentence, claiming he is mentally retarded. Frederic J. Frommer of the Associated Press reports that Georgia death row inmates Hill, Allen Cook and Marcus Wellons, discussed here, are trying to stop their executions by invoking federal drug laws. They argue that without a doctor's prescription, executing them Georgia would violate the Controlled Substances Act. Continued from this News Scan. The Death Penalty Information Center reports that Cook is set to be executed Thursday.
 
CA Governor Upholds Most Parole Releases:  David Siders of the Sacramento Bee reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown upheld about 80 percent of parole board decisions to release prisoners in 2012. Currently Gov. Brown is deciding whether or not to allow former Manson follower Bruce Davis to be paroled. Brown's decision will come by early March. Continued from this News Scan.

RI Thrill Killer Granted Parole:  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Rhode Island Parole Board affirmed Monday that thrill killer Alfred A. Brissette Jr. will be paroled once a release plan is set. Brissette pleaded no contest in 2004 to the 1999 killing of Jeanette Descoteaux. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, a police union, says it is disgusted by the decision. Continued from this News Scan.

CA Cop Killer Will Face Death Penalty: Ryan Chalk of the San Jose Mercury News reports that alleged cop killer Henry Albert Smith Jr. will face execution according to Solano County prosecutors. Smith is accused of fatally shooting Vallejo police officer Jim Capoot while fleeing the scene of a bank robbery on Nov. 17, 2011. A jury trial date will be set in court on May 10.

NV Law Enforcement Opposes Shift of Parole Responsibility:  Andrew Doughman of the Las Vegas Sun reports that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has proposed to shift state parole responsibilities from the Department of Public Safety to the state Department of Corrections. The proposal is planned to save money. However, Nevada law enforcement officers oppose the move. They fear giving a small group oversight over parole and incarceration functions will undermine interdepartmental controls, create needless bureaucracy and decrease the pay of newly hired officers.

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