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MO To Execute Taylor Although Drug Supplier Backs Out: The Missouri Department of Corrections has announced they will carry out an execution scheduled for next week as planned. Jeremy Kohler, of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the compound pharmacy hired to produce the state's supply of pentobarbital announced earlier this week that they had reached a settlement with attorneys for death row inmate Michael Taylor, and would not be providing any drugs to be used for his execution.  A spokesman for the state Department of Corrections said that the execution will be carried out following established protocols.  Taylor was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young girl that he abducted from a school bus stop in 1989.

Woman Sentenced to Life in Bizarre Murder Case: A Massachusetts woman convicted of killing her pregnant friend and taking her unborn baby has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  The Associated Press reports that 39-year-old Julie Corey was found guilty of first-degree murder after authorities say she killed her eight months pregnant friend and took the woman's baby from her womb in an attempt to pass it off as her own child.  Under Massachusetts' law, the conviction will automatically be appealed.  

Probation Officers Overwhelmed with GPS Monitoring Alerts: Probation officers in Los Angeles County had relied on  GPS monitoring devices to help keep track of offenders released from prison under Realignment.  Paige St. John of the L.A. Times reports that due to the volume of alerts they receive from the devices, which are often caused by a blocked signal or low battery, probation officers have begun to routinely ignore or delete them.  An audit of the department conducted in September revealed numerous cases where alerts were never responded to, and noted that officers lost track of 80 offenders in 2013 who had cut off their monitors and disappeared.  The story cites examples indicating that other states are having the same problem.


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