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Police Arrest Hundreds of Child Predators: Authorities in Southern California have arrested nearly 300 child predators after completing a month-long operation called "Operation Broken Heart".  The Associated Press reports that the operation targeted parolees, probationers and convicted sex offenders.  Investigators pretended to be 12 to 14-year-old children on the internet and arrested those who showed up for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts.  Investigators believe there will be more arrests in the future as forensic experts finish analyzing all of the seized evidence.

Arkansas High Court Denies Death Row Petition: In a 4-3 decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court has denied an appeal from  convicted killer Terrick Nooner.  Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times reports that Nooner, who has spent more than two decades on death row, filed the petition claiming a lack of proof that the jury heard mitigating evidence concerning his difficult childhood and mental treatment.  Nooner shot his victim seven times in the back at an Arkansas laundromat during a robbery attempt.  His co-defendant plead guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 65 years behind bars.   

Jury Deadlocks in Rare Death Penalty Case: A former soldier in Hawaii will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a federal jury failed to reach a decision on whether he deserved the death penalty.  Jennifer Sinco Kelleher of the Associated Press reports that Naeem Williams, who was convicted of murdering his 5-year-old daughter in 2005, became the first person to face the death penalty in the state of Hawaii.  Hawaii abolished the death penalty in 1957, but Williams killed his daughter on a military base which made it a federal crime.  Death sentences are allowed under federal law.



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