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Bill to Expand GPS Monitoring: In an effort to accommodate Realignment issues, a California legislator has introduced a bill aimed at expanding GPS monitoring programs in order to ease prison and jail overcrowding.  Keith Carls of KEYT News reports that AB 2499 would allow the Sheriff and the County Board of Supervisors to expand the GPS monitoring program to a number of prisoners that have been sent to county jail under Realignment.  Anyone caught tampering with or removing their monitoring device would be subject to arrest and face a possible 180 days in jail.

FL Judge Denies Stay of Execution: A Florida judge has denied a stay of execution for a convicted killer who has spent nearly 20 years on the state's death row.  Suzie Schottelkotte of The Ledger reports that 45-year-old Eddie Davis was sentenced to death for the 1994 kidnapping, rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.  Davis is scheduled to be put to death July 10.

NY High Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Law: In a 5-2 ruling, the New York Court of Appeals has struck down an Albany County law making cyberbulling a crime.  Joe Palazzalo of The Wall Street Journal reports that the law was overturned after it was determined that it prohibited a wide variety of speech and was a violation of the First Amendment  More than a dozen states and four other New York counties have similar laws.        

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