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GA Killer May Face Death Penalty After All:  Kate Brumback of the Associated Press reports that a federal appeals court lifted the stay of execution for killer Warren Lee Hill of Georgia. Hill's execution was blocked in February, based on claims that he was mentally disabled and therefore ineligible for the death penalty. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 that Hill's challenge was directed at his eligibility, not his guilt; a challenge he was not allowed to make because his claim for exemption on grounds of mental disability had been made previously. A new execution date can now be set based solely on the availability of execution drugs in the state. Continued from this News Scan.

CA Fire Camps to Receive County Offenders:  Don Thompson of the Associated Press reports that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year contract this week that will send a maximum of 200 of its offenders to state-run fire camps. The CAL FIRE program uses specially trained inmates to fight wild fires, deal with floods and other emergency situations. Statewide, the inmates generally log about 2.5 million hours in a year and save the state about $80 million annually.

GA Murderer Sentenced to Death:  Marcus K. Garner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeremy Moody, 35, has been sentenced to death in Fulton County Georgia. Moody pleaded guilty last week to the April 2007 murders of two teenagers. Both victims were found stripped and fatally stabbed with a screwdriver in the head and neck. The girl, age 13, was fatally stabbed 17 times while being raped. The 15-year-old boy was stabbed nearly 40 times. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Basher gave Moody two death sentences in addition to three consecutive life sentences and 40 years prison time.

CA Counties Oppose Inmate Releases:  Rina Palta of KPCC News reports that California counties are not willing to take in any more inmates under Realignment. The state must submit a plan to a federal court by May 2 that will reduce its prison population by 9,000 by the end of the year. Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers told the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday that counties would not accept any plan that would either realign more prisoners to jail or release state offenders early.

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