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Convicted Killer Arrested Shortly After Release: A Missouri man convicted of murder and sentenced to spend thirty years behind bars was arrested and charged with burglary shortly after he was released from prison.  KMOV St. Louis reports that Daniel Blount was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a murder he committed in 1991 and was supposed to serve at least 85 percent of that sentence, bit was release two years early.  Shortly after his release, Blount broke into a home that he was hired to work on and stole several high-dollar tools, he was arrested and charged with burglary and likely faces more prison time.

Buenos Aires Overwhelmed by Increasing Crime: The governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina's largest and most populated province, has declared a 12-month state of emergency in order to address an overwhelming crime rate.  Merco Press reports that Governor Daniel Scioli introduced a series of anti-crime measures including a multi-million dollar investment in security equipment and an 'immediate call' to retired police agents to rejoin preventative action aiming at a 5,000 member force. Magistrates are also being accused of being too lenient toward criminals, and are arguing for legislation providing tougher sentencing.

Supreme Court Denies Execution Drug Claim.  The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of a murderer's claim that he is entitled to a hearing to determine what type of drug will be used in his upcoming execution and where it was acquired. In a surprisingly biased news article Richard Wolf and Gregg Zoroya of USA Today report that Christopher Sepulvado, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1993, appealed to the Supreme Court after the state of Louisiana reported that either pentobarbital or a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone would used for his execution.  Sepulvado's attorneys argued that their client has the right to know which drug will be used.  The high court has denied similar requests twice this year. 

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