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CA Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence: The California Supreme Court has affirmed the death sentence of a man convicted of the 1997 slaying and attempted robbery of a liquor store clerk.  The City News Service reports that attorneys for Calvin Dion Chism appealed his death sentence based on allegations that the jury selection process during the penalty phase of the trial was racially biased.  Chism's two co-defendants were also convicted of first-degree murder and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Minnesota Senate Passes Gun Restriction Bill: A bill aimed at preventing anyone convicted of abuse or stalking from owning a firearm is headed to Governor Mark Dayton's desk for approval after being passed in the state's Senate by a vote of 60-4.  Baird Helgeson of the Star Tribune reports that the bill prohibits anyone convicted of domestic or child abuse from possessing a rifle or handgun.  Anyone under an order of protection may also lose firearm possession if ordered by a judge.  If approved by the Governor, Minnesota will join both Wisconsin and Washington who have already passed similar measures this year.

OK Death Row Inmate Awaits Execution: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal of an Oklahoma death row inmate.  Chris Casteel of News OK reports that 51-year-old Richard Glossip was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1997 for his role in the killing of an Oklahoma City motel owner.  An execution date has not been set in order to allow time for the state to review lethal injection protocols after last week's execution of Clayton Lockett.

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