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Holder Urges States to let Felons Vote: Attorney General Eric Holder is urging states to restore voting rights to convicted felons, an issue he said predominantly affects African Americans.  Pete Williams of NBC News reports Holder believes that preventing felons from voting further isolates them from society, which in turn increases the likelihood they will commit more crimes in the future.  In the majority of states, voting rights are restored after a sentence is served.  Three states-Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky permanently ban the right to vote for felons, while eight other states bar some felons from voting after release. 

Judge Sentences Border Agent's Murderer to 30 Years: A Mexican man has been sentenced by a federal judge to 30 years in prison for his role in the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times reports that 37-year-old Manuel Osorio-Arellanes pled guilty to first-degree murder in October 2012 in exchange for avoiding the penalty.  Upon completion of his sentence, Osorio-Arellanes will be deported and banned from returning back to the U.S. 

WA Governor Declares Moratorium on Death Penalty: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in his state, citing that the practice is both inconsistent and unequal.  Rachel La Corte of the Associated Press reports that the moratorium will be in place as long as Inslee is governor, meaning that each death penalty case that comes to his desk will be issued a reprieve.  Washington state currently has nine men awaiting execution on death row.

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