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IN Killer to get Execution Date:  A Gary, Ind., man on death row for murdering his family nearly a decade ago is getting to closer to receiving an execution date.  Ruth Ann Krause of the Post-Tribune reports that Kevin Isom, 50, was given the opportunity during hearings on March 14 and May 2 to sign a petition to file post-conviction relief.  Lake Superior Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota repeatedly informed him that failure to sign the petition would result in the post-conviction appeal being taken off the table, allowing for an execution date to be set.  An order has been issued asking that the Indiana Supreme Court set an execution date.  Isom was convicted of three counts of murder in 2013 for the August 2007 shooting deaths of his wife, Cassandra Isom, 40, and stepchildren, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci'Andria Cole, 13, all of whom were shot multiple times.

CA Assemblymen's Bill would close Prop. 47 Loophole:  Two California Assembly members introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to protect small businesses from shoplifting syndicates taking advantage of the reduced sentences under Proposition 47.  The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reports that Assembly Members Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) have proposed AB 2287, which would allow prosecutors to use conspiracy laws to target organized shoplifters and charge individual thieves with felonies if they steal more than $950 in a six month period.  Prop. 47, approved by voters in 2014, reduced certain crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, including theft, so long as less than $950 worth of goods was stolen at a time.  Since Prop. 47's implementation, criminals have become wise to this loophole, which has caused retail theft to almost double.  Wilk describes the legislation as "a common sense reform to fix an unintended consequence of Prop. 47."

Criminal Aliens Being Released into US:  A report released by Homeland Security's inspector general this week exposed major flaws in the immigration system, including the practice of releasing criminal aliens onto U.S. streets when their home countries refuse to take them back.  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that this issue stems a 2001 court decision in Zadvydas v. Davis which prohibits the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) from detaining criminals for longer than 180 days in the absence of extraordinary circumstances1 court decision.  ICE states that once 180 days of detention are up, their ability to monitor and supervise individuals is limited, allowing for criminals to return to the streets and commit new crimes.  Last year Jean Jacques, a Haitian immigrant whose home country refused to take him back after he served time for attempted murder, was released from prison and murdered Casey Chadwick within months.  Several thousand  illegal immigrants walk U.S. streets today for this reason, 35,000 from Cuba alone.  ICE says it's working with the State Department to press other countries to comply with repatriating their citizens.

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