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CA Former Lt. Gov. Rails Against AB109:  Paige St. John and Seema Mehta of the Los Angeles Times report that former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is beginning a campaign to overturn realignment. Maldonado says AB109 is effectively an early release program for criminals as counties are not able to handle the influx of state prisoners to their jails. Hoping to get a repeal initiative on the ballot, Maldonado has suggested building more prisons to house inmates, a plan already adopted by previous Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger until Gov. Brown cancelled it. Maldonado hopes that by repealing AB109 the state will be able to comply with federal standards without compromising public safety.

Fed. Prosecutors Seeking to Reinstate Death Penalty for MA Killer: 
Lane Lambert of the Patriot Ledger reports that federal prosecutors are seeking reinstatement of the death penalty for Gary Sampson, convicted of three Massachusetts homicides in 2003. Because the state does not have a death penalty, Sampson was prosecuted under federal law.  In October 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf overturned the sentence citing a juror's falsification of her family's criminal history.  Federal prosecutors argued Wednesday that the sentence should be reinstated as the juror's failure to disclose information had no bearing on Sampson's case.

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