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Bill Introduced to Overrule CO Governor's Controversial Death Penalty Decision: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper angered many of his constituents last year when he granted all death row inmates an indefinite reprieve.  Among them was Nathan Dunlap, who has been on death row nearly twenty years,   Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post reports that one lawmaker upset by this decision, Representative Libby Szabo, responded by proposing a bill that would limit reprieves in death penalty cases to 90 days, only to be used if "administrative difficulties" arise in carrying out the execution.  Dunlap was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering four people at an Aurora, Colorado pizzeria in 1993.

'Smart Pistols' Hit the Shelves in CA: The first 'smart gun' has been put on the shelves by retailers in one of the largest firearms stores in the state of California.  Brendan McGarry of Military.com reports that is only able to function if its accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately, is activated by a PIN number and placed near the gun.  Once the wristwatch is activated it sends a signal to the 22 caliber pistol allowing it to be unlocked-otherwise, the gun will stay in a locked position unable to fire.  The 'smart pistol' currently sells for $1,399 and the watch is an additional $399-.  That is more than double the cost of a .40 caliber Glock.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Death-Row Case for the 13th Time: An Arizona death penalty case has been put on the U.S. Supreme Court's conference calender for a 13 time, after 12 previous conferences were unable to decide whether or not to hear it.  Whitney Ogden of Cronkite News Service reports that the case, Ryan v. Hurles, involves an appeal by Richard Hurles, an Arizona man who was convicted of burglary, attempted sexual assault and first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing death of a librarian in 1992.  Hurles latest claim of judicial bias was denied in the state courts but was accepted by the Ninth Circuit panel last year.   The high court first considered whether to hear the Arizona Attorney General's appeal of that holding last September.     

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