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MD Senate Approves Death Penalty Repeal:  Michael Dresser of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Senate voted 27-20 in favor of Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to repeal the death penalty Wednesday. The bill is now sent to the House of Delegates where it is expected to pass. It would then be signed into law by the governor. More on MD's death penalty repeal in this News Scan.

CA Realignment Loophole Allows Criminals to Avoid Supervision:  Beatriz E. Valenzuela of the Daily Bulletin reports that a loophole in Governor Jerry Brown's AB109 is allowing criminals to be released early without supervision. California Penal Code Sec. 1170 means triple offenders convicted of "non-serious" crimes will either serve their full sentence in a county jail or serve a split sentence; half in jail and half on probation. Criminals who serve their sentences solely jail are often released early due to overcrowding. Offenders are being released into communities without supervision.

OH Murderer Executed:  Kim Palmer of Reuters reports that Ohio executed Frederick Treesh on Wednesday. Treesh, 48, was convicted of fatally shooting a security guard and wounding a cashier in a 1994 cross-state crime spree. Treesh was the first inmate to be executed in OH this year. Continued from this News Scan.

Supreme Court Denies AZ Request to Lift Stay:  Michael Kiefer of the Arizona Republic reports that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Arizona's request to lift a stay of execution issued for convicted killed Edward Harold Schad. He has been on death row since 1985. Schad's case is further discussed in this blog post and in this News Scan.

WA Bill Seeks to Abolish Death Penalty:  Rachel La Corte of the Associated Press reports that Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle is sponsoring HB1504 to end the death penalty in Washington state. Carlyle says he does not believe that the bill will pass this year, but hopes it will strengthen death penalty opposition in the state.

CO Bill Would Require DNA Collection for Misdemeanors:  P. Solomon Banda of the Associated Press reports that HB13-1251 was introduced to Colorado's state House on Tuesday to require DNA samples from those convicted of misdemeanors. Currently, CO only requires samples from convicted felons. The bill's sponsors advocate the importance of using DNA to identify violent criminals before more crimes can be committed. If passed, CO will become the second state with such a law. All 22 district attorneys support the measure. The bill is set for consideration in the House Judiciary Committee.

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