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Convicted Murderer Denied Appeal: A Florida man convicted of murder at the age of 17 and sentenced to life in prison has had his most recent appeal denied by the state's Court of Appeals.  Jacob Carpenter of the Naples Daily News reports that 33-year-old Mazer Jean was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) for the brutal killing of a juvenile justice counselor working at an outdoor camp.  Jean claimed his sentence should be reduced because of the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held automatic life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.  The state appellate court ruled that Miller didn't apply because Jean was convicted of second-degree murder,  which does to carry mandatory LWOP.

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man who murdered a police officer in 2008.  Ed Meyer of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that 30-year-old Ashford Thompson shot the officer four times in the head at close range after he was stopped for playing loud music in his car late at night.  The court was unanimous in upholding the murder conviction, but was split 4-3 in favor of upholding the death sentence.  

Voting Scandal in Maryland Uncovered: An election watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland after discovering thousands of incidents of fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens.  Bryan Preston of PJ Media reports that the Virginia Voters Alliance compared how voters in one county filled out jury duty statements to their voting records and discovered that thousands of people who said they were not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms later went on to cast votes in elections. The group also found that roughly 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.  Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in all state and federal elections.

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