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Convicted Serial Rapist Set to Be Released: A California judge has ruled that convicted serial rapist Christopher Hubbert will be released in November from a state prison hospital in Los Angeles County.  CBS San Francisco reports that Hubbert has been convicted of raping 40 women throughout California and was institutionalized after state officials determined he had a severe mental disorder.  Hubbert has been paroled twice since his first conviction in 1972 and was rearrested and convicted both times after committing additional rapes.  

Ft. Hood Defendant Won't Question Potential Jurors: Army psychiatrist and accused murderer Maj. Nidal Hasan declined to question potential jurors as the jury selection process got underway.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that Hasan, who is acting as his own defense attorney, didn't take any notes or speak with his former defense attorneys during the first day of jury selection.  Hasan has been indicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.  He faces the death penalty or life without parole if found guilty.

Anti-Zimmerman Protests Facilitated by DOJ: The Community Relations Services (CRS), a unit within the Department of Justice, was sent to Florida in 2012 in order to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests.  Patrick Howley of The Daily Caller reports that the CRS spent thousands of dollars after providing security at several marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The CRS was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was designed to be a 'peacemaker' during community conflicts.

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