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Former San Diego Mayor Sentenced to Home Confinement: Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation after pleading guilty in October to several counts of harassing women.  The Associated Press reports that the 71-year-old mayor faced a possible five-year prison sentence, but elected to take the plea agreement involving home confinement and probation offered to him by prosecutors instead.  The presiding judge specified that during his three-year probation, Filner may not attempt to seek or hold any elective office. 

Ninth Circuit to Review DNA Collection Law:  A California law that requires law enforcement to collect DNA samples from arrestees is under review by an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  KTVU reports that the American Civil Liberties Union opposes the law as an invasion of privacy because not all persons arrested are charged with a crime.  Maryland has a similar law that was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision, but that law only allows DNA samples from offenders arrested for violent crimes and destroys the samples of those who are not charged.  Under the California law, arrestees who are not charged must apply to have their sample destroyed.  California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Obama Administration, and law enforcement officials believe that the law is constitutional, and a powerful law enforcement tool.   The case is Haskell v. Harris.

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