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Federal Judge Upholds Terrorism Conviction: A federal judge has denied a motion filed by a terrorist seeking to overturn his conviction.  The defendant claimed that the evidence used against him was collected without a warrant.  Shawn Raymundo of the Latin Times reports that Mohamed Mohamud, a U.S. citizen living in Oregon, was convicted of terrorism in 2013 after attempting to detonate a bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in 2010.  Mohamud argued that prosecutors hadn't notified him that they received information under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Survey Act (FISA) until after his trial.  Under FISA, the U.S. government is allowed to collect information without a warrant on both foreign and U.S. terrorist suspects believed to be in contact with other countries.

Washington High Court Upholds Death Sentence
: In a unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of murdering his wife and two of her daughters more than a decade ago.  The Associated Press reports that Dayva Cross appealed claiming that his admission of guilt made when he was first held in custody violated his constitutional rights and that his lawyer was ineffective.  It is unclear when Cross will be executed due to the fact that Washington Governor Jay Inslee has suspended the use of the death penalty as long as he is in office.

Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Expected to Skip Court Appearances: 90% of the mostly-teenage immigrants overwhelming the U.S. border in recent months are expected to skip out on their court-ordered immigration hearings, and officials estimate that more than 135,000 of them will simply vanish into the country this year.  Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports that after the teens are detained by immigration officials, they are given a court date and expected to return.  The overwhelming majority never show up for their hearing.  House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte estimates that 150,000 teens will cross the border this year, a number ten times higher than in 2013.

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