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30,000 California Inmates Refuse Meals: Inmates in two-thirds of California's prisons began refusing meals yesterday, in what could be the largest prison protest in state history.  Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times reports that along with refusing meals, over 2,000 inmates refused to attend their prison classes or go to work.  The protest originated in Pelican Bay, and is centered around state policies that allow inmates to be placed in isolation indefinitely if they are found to be affiliated with prison gangs.

Death Penalty May Be Difficult in Boston Bombing Case: Seeking the death penalty for accused Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may be a very difficult task in a state that abolished the death penalty almost 30 years ago.  Pete Yost of the Associated Press reports that even though Tsarnaev is being charged in federal court, the jury pool will still come from Massachusetts, a state that has repeatedly rejected efforts to reinstate the death penalty.  Tsarnaev has been indicted on 30 charges, 17 of which carry the death penalty or life in prison.

Oklahoma Man Arrested After Hiding in a Septic Tank: Police in Tulsa arrested a man hiding in the septic tank of a park restroom.  The Indy Channel News reports that Kenneth Enlow was arrested on peeping tom charges after a woman and her daughter went to use the restroom and saw him staring up at them from the septic tank underneath the toilet.  Enlow told police his girlfriend hit him in the head with a tire iron and dumped him in the toilet.

Connecticut Death Penalty Case Postponed: A judge delayed any further action in the new penalty phase for Eduardo Santiago, a man sentenced to death for murder in 2000.  David Owens of The Hartford Courant reports that Santiago's death sentence was overturned last year by the Connecticut Supreme Court after it was found that the original trial judge kept potentially mitigating information from jurors.  Connecticut abolished the death penalty in 2012 for all future cases, but required inmates on death row prior to the repeal to serve out their death sentence.  Santiago has challenged the law and believes being put to death after the 2012 repeal constitutes as cruel and unusual punishment.  CJLF has filed an amicus brief in the case.

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