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California Prison Guard Murder Sparks Death Penalty Challenge: The 2008 murder of a California prison guard has sparked  the latest challenge to the federal death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment.  Michael Doyle of the McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that the Supreme Court will hear the petition from one of the two inmates charged with the murder arguing a death sentence would be unconstitutional because the inmates involved were intoxicated and the murder wasn't premeditated.  The defense contends that although the victim was stabbed 27 times, his client did not intend to kill him and regrets his actions.

Mass Shooting at Washington Navy Yard: A shooting this morning at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard has left at least 12 people dead, including one of the suspected shooters.  The Los Angeles Times reports that authorities are continuing to look for two other potential suspects who witnesses say were dressed in military-style clothing.  So far, police have not identified a motive but don't believe it was related to terrorism. 

Man who Murdered NY Police Officers Sentenced to Death: A former gang member was sentenced to death in federal court  for his role in the execution-style murder of two New York City policemen.  The Associated Press reports Ronnell Wilson was originally sentenced to death in 2007, but won a retrial based on an error during jury instructions.  During the retrial, the prosecution noted several instances of misconduct by Wilson, describing him as a "bad candidate for a life term."

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