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Released Illegal Arrested for Murder: On February 21st, The Denver Sheriff's Department defended it's decision to release an illegal immigrant from custody who was arrested for murder a few weeks later. According to Keith Coffman at Reuters, Ever Valles, 19, a Mexican national in the country illegally, was released from the Denver jail in late December.  Not long after, Valles along with another defendant was charged with the murder and robbery of a man at a light rail station. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said in a statement that after Valles was arrested, it placed a detainer with the Denver County jail to hold him until its agents could take him into custody.  "The detainer wasn't honored and he was released by the jail ... without prior notification," ICE said. "Valles is a known gang member whose gang history is documented in the Colorado gang database."  Denver is a sanctuary city, which refuses to cooperate with ICE.  Tough luck for that guy at the light rail station.  

Reno PD Searches for Shooter: Reno police are currently searching for a teen in connection with the officer-involved shooting Thursday that left one Reno police officer injured. Nicole Jackson at KTVN reports that during a routine traffic stop Thursday night, a police officer pulled over a vehicle with the two suspects inside. While approaching the vehicle, shots were fired, injuring the officer, while the two suspects exited the vehicle. A shootout took place which resulted in the death of one of the suspects while the other fled on foot.
Police say the wanted suspect, Erick "Smokey" Bernal, is a known gang member and is considered armed and dangerous.

Alabama Seeks Change in Capital Sentencing:  Currently, Alabama is the only state left in the U.S. which permits a  Judge to override the recommendation of a sentencing jury in cases that involve capital punishment.  Newly introduced legislation seeks to change that. According to Anna Giarritelli at The Washington Examiner,
Republican state Sen. Dick Brewbaker, who supports the death penalty, sponsored his bill to reform a policy that he says is used much more often when judges are up for re-election in the pro-death penalty state. If the bill passes, Brewbaker intends to pursue more legislation to "strengthen the integrity" of the death penalty in Alabama, something to keep an eye on for those in support of capital punishment.

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