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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Federal Prison: Former Army soldier and WikiLeaks informant, Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged from the Army after being convicted of leaking more than 700,000 government files.  Charlie Savage of the New York Times reports that Manning's 35 year sentence is the longest sentence ever to be handed down in a case involving government secrets being leaked.  Manning will be eligible for parole after he serves roughly eight years of his sentence.  John Malcolm and Hans von Spakovsky at Heritage Foundation call the sentence disappointing.

California's 'Alphabet Killer' Convicted of Four Murders: Joseph Naso, a 79-year-old Northern California man, was convicted yesterday in the murders of four young women many years ago.  Paul Elias of the Associated Press reports that prosecutors referred to Naso as a serial killer, noting that he selected his victims based on the alliteration of their first and last names.  The jury that found him guilty will also decide his fate at a sentencing hearing next month.  Jurors will have the option of sentencing Naso to either death or life in prison. 

Hostage Shoots and Kills Escaped Inmate: Authorities say Rodney Long, a man who escaped from an Iowa prison on Sunday, was shot and killed by a homeowner after the man broke into his home and tried to take him and his wife hostage.  The Associated Press reports that Long broke into the home and cut the couple's phone line after shooting an Iowa state sheriff earlier that day.  Long was serving a prison sentence for a burglary and was expected to be released next year. 

Convicted Killer Murders Cellmate
: A Minnesota man convicted of murdering a fellow inmate in 1997 has been accused of murdering his cellmate, this time at a state penitentiary in Oregon.  Evan Sernoffsky of KGW News reports that Craig Bjork was serving three consecutive life sentences in Minnesota for the 1982 murders of his children and girlfriend when he murdered a fellow inmate and threatened to kill several more.  Bjork was sent to the Oregon State Penitentiary in January of this year on an interstate transfer from Minnesota.

Stop-and-Frisk Decision "Poorly Reasoned":  Professor Eric Posner of U. Chi. Law critiques Judge Shira Scheindlin's opinion on the New York stop-and-frisk policies in this article at Slate.

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