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Judge Rules Against Delaying Upcoming Executions: An Oklahoma judge has ruled against delaying the executions of two death row inmates despite a legal challenge to the origination of the execution drugs.  Bailey Elise McBride of the Associated Press reports that Oklahoma state law protects the anonymity of pharmacies that provide the state with their supply of execution drugs.  Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, both convicted murderers who have been denied clemency, are scheduled to be executed March 20 and March 27 respectively. 

Peru to Extradite Joran Van der Sloot to the U.S. in 2038
: Officials in Peru have announced they will extradite Joran Van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of an Alabama teen, to the United States after he finishes serving a 28-year murder sentence in 2038.  Joe Kemp of the New York Daily News reports that Van der Sloot will face charges in the U.S. alleging that he extorted and defrauded the mother of missing 18-year-old Natalee Holloway after authorities say he took a $25,000 down payment from her family in exchange for leading lawyers to the teen's body.  Holloway, who disappeared while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, has never been found and has since been declared dead by an Alabama judge.

Convicted Felon Arrested 66 Minutes After Release From Prison: An Arizona man was released from prison and free for less than two hours before being arrested again and sent back to jail.  Fox Phoenix reports that 34-year-old Daniel Clegg had been free for a little over an hour when he was pulled over for making several traffic violations, the responding officer noticed that Clegg's shirt was covered in marijuana flakes and that he had a loaded gun sitting on top of his prison paper work.  He was immediately arrested.  He has been charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving a weapon.

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