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Condemned Killer Won't be Allowed to Donate Organs: The state of Ohio has decided that convicted killer and death row inmate, Ronald Phillips, will not be allowed to donate his organs to family members before his execution.  Andrew Welsh-Huggins of the Associated Press reports that Phillips' request was denied after officials said he would not have enough time to undergo organ donation surgery and recuperate before his scheduled execution on July 2.  Phillips was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter in 1993.

Illinois Supreme Court Makes Controversial Ruling
: An Illinois mother whose 10-year-old daughter was raped and murdered more than 30 years ago is upset about the re-sentencing of her daughter's killer.  Chris Minor of WQAD reports that the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that juveniles convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison will be eligible for re-sentencing and possibly given shorter prison terms.  Illinois, along with several other states, have initiated the re-sentencing of those who received life terms as juveniles following the 2012 Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama.

Tracking CA Sex Offenders May Get Tougher: For the second consecutive year California's Sex Offender Management Board is proposing to drop so-called "low level" sex offenders from the state's sex offender registry in as little as ten years after their convictions in order to conserve scarce resources.  Mike Luery of KCRA reports that California has an estimated 78,000 sex offenders currently registered in the state, all of whom by law must remain on the registry for life.  The Board's proposal would allow those designated as low level offenders to be dropped after between 10 and 20 years, leaving them virtually unsupervised.  A bill to implement this proposal introduced last year by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D) San Francisco failed to pass.  No word yet on who will introduce this year's bill.  

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