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Captured Mexican Drug Lord Files for Court Protection: Trevino Morales, the leader of a notorious drug cartel in Mexico, was arrested in Mexico on Monday and is facing multiple charges including homicide, torture, and drug trafficking.  The Daily Mail reports that Morales, who has been linked to over 250 homicides, was notorious for torturing his victims and has asked for legal protection out of fear that he may be tortured while awaiting trial.  According to the indictment, Morales coordinated the shipment of hundreds of pounds of cocaine and marijuana to the U.S. each week, and is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges as well.

Chicago Lawmakers Increase Assault Weapons Ban: Chicago city council members voted unanimously to step up the city's assault weapons ban by prohibiting more weapons and adding stricter penalties.  The Associated Press reports that the council approved measures that include a list of 150 specific weapons that are prohibited and creating stricter penalties for gun crimes committed in "student safety areas", which are defined as being 1,000 feet from school grounds between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. when school is in session.  The changes come after Illinois' new concealed carrying law when into effect last week.

Gang Member's Tattoo Leads to Murder Conviction: Los Angeles gang member, Anthony Garcia, was convicted Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge after prosecutors used a chest tattoo that depicted a murder scene as evidence against him.  Jessica Hopper of ABC Bakersfield reports that Garcia was charged after a detective saw a photo of Garcia's chest tattoo that looked extremely similar to an unsolved murder he had worked on in 2004.  The prosecutor in the case identified Garcia's tattoo as a "non-verbal confession" to the crime, he could face life in prison when he is sentenced next month. 

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