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Measures to Fix Prop. 47 Held Back in Assembly:  Two measures aimed at restoring the opportunity to charge firearm theft and the possession of date rape drugs as felonies, after both crimes had been downgraded to misdemeanors under California's Proposition 47, were held back Thursday in the California Assembly.  Melanie Mason of the LA Times reports that AB 150, which would have made the theft of a firearm valued at $950 or less a felony, and AB 46, which would have made it a felony to possess date rape drugs with intent to commit sexual assault, did not pass the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  However, a similar date rape drug bill, SB 333, did pass the Senate Appropriations panel.

TN City at Risk for Biker Gang Violence:  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say that Chattanooga, Tennessee, is at an increased risk for motorcycle gang violence, following the May 17 shootout in Texas that resulted in the deaths of nine biker gang members.  Shelly Bradbury of the Times Free Press reports that the brawl at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, has intensified clashes between rival outlaw biker gangs, and more of them are out on the roads now.  Chattanooga's location in the South, on the way to several major cities, means that many outlaw bikers will likely ride through.  The city's police department has confirmed that there are at least 10 active biker gang members in the area, who are heated rivals with the Waco gang members.

Lawsuit Seeking Probe of Ferguson Shooting Back in Court:  A lawsuit seeking to independently investigate county prosecutor Robert McCulloch's handling of the grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown last year is back in court.  The AP reports that the lawsuit, filed by an activist, alleges that the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting was "inappropriately influenced by McCulloch's desire for Wilson not to face charges."  St. Louis County judge Joseph Walsh III will continue hearing the case.

Cuba Off U.S. Terror List:  Cuba has been officially removed from the United States' list of countries that sponsor state terrorism after 33 years, opening up the possibility for the two nations to fully renew diplomatic ties.  Kevin Liptak of CNN reports that the Obama Administration announced in April of the recommendation for Cuba's removal from the list, and the 45-day window in which Congress could have blocked the move is closed.  Many lawmakers are critical of the president's decision, accusing him of cozying up to a "brutal dictatorship."  Iran, Sudan, and Syria still remain on the list as countries that are state sponsors of terror.

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Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Lift Immigration Hold:  A request from Justice Department lawyers allowing President Obama to enforce his immigration actions pending appeal has been denied by a federal appeals court.  Ariane de Vogue of CNN reports that the decision, a victory for 26 states that have challenged the president's executive actions, means that "eligible undocumented immigrants will be unable to apply for the programs aimed at easing deportation threats."  Lawyers for the Justice Department and the White House are evaluating the ruling together to determine the next steps.

Taliban 5 Free to Travel Soon:  The five leaders of the Taliban traded one year ago for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and under heavy supervision in Qatar ever since, are approaching the end of their terms for supervised release and could be free to travel as early as Monday.  Fox News reports that the Obama administration has discussed extending the security measures for the "Taliban 5" with Qatari officials, but "it's unclear if any restrictions will remain in place after the end of the month."  Congressional lawmakers are concerned that the former Guantanamo detainees will rejoin the battlefield in Afghanistan.  In March, a government official revealed that at least three of the five members have tried reconnecting with their former terrorist networks.

Shooting Spree at ND Wal-Mart:  A North Dakota Wal-Mart Supercenter was the scene of a shooting early Tuesday when a U.S. airman opened fire with a handgun inside the store, killing one worker and injuring another before killing himself.  The AP reports that 21-year-old Marcell Willis, an airman stationed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base located about 12 miles west of the Wal-Mart, has no known connection to any of the victims.  Law enforcement says that at this time, Willis' motive is unknown.

Tougher Punishment for Child Porn Offenders:  New York state Senator Tim Kennedy has introduced legislation that would toughen the penalties for those in possession or in promotion of child pornography, increasing the maximum jail time from four years to seven.  Katie Gibas of Time Warner Cable News reports that Kennedy and law enforcement officials emphasize the necessity of stiffer penalties for such offenders because "up to 40 percent of criminals arrested for child pornography have also personally victimized a child."  Kennedy is confident the legislation will be approved.

Crime Spike in NYC Tourist Areas:  Shootings and murders are up in New York City, spilling over from outer boroughs to Manhattan tourist areas.  Juliet Papas of CBS reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio believes that gang-on-gang crime is to blame for the spike, but former FBI agent and NYPD sergeant Manny Gomez says that the upswing in violence "gives us pause to believe there is something that is just not right in the city's policing system right now."  Popular tourist spots in the city, such as Radio City Music Hall's area of Midtown North Precinct, have seen murders increase 28.6 percent, while robberies in Central Park are up 125 percent.

FIFA Officials Indicted by US:  Fourteen world soccer leaders, including officials from the international Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), have been charged by the U.S. with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud, revealed in a 47-count indictment from the Justice Department.  Michael E. Miller and Fred Barbash of the Washington Post report that the allegations involve "kickbacks" to FIFA officials by sports marketing executives and companies, and bribes in connection with both the selection of the 2010 World Cup's host country and FIFA's presidential election in 2011.  Four of the accused have already pleaded guilty of the charges.

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Baltimore's Deadliest Month in 15 Years:  Over the weekend in Baltimore, 29 people were shot - nine of them fatally - in what has become the city's deadliest month since 1999.  Fox News reports that violence has been reported in every part of the city and no neighborhood is immune.  In the month of May alone, 35 people have been murdered, with a total of 108 homicides for the year.

Border Still Wide Open:  Border Patrol agents have been trying, in vain, to stop the flow of illegals but "open border initiatives" have allowed for the continuous flow of illegal immigrants and drugs across our southern border with Mexico.  Bob Casimiro, former executive director of Massachusetts for Immigration Reform, has this piece in the Bangor Daily News describing two Arizona groups, the Arizona Border Defendants and the Arizona Border Recon, trying to secure the border by "augmenting what the Border Patrol does."  It is estimated that only 30 percent of illegal aliens that cross the border are apprehended.

Death Penalty for Sex Traffickers?:  A Utah lawmaker has proposed legislation that would extend capital punishment to child-sex traffickers.  Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Rep. Paul Ray, who sponsored the measure that reinstated the firing squad as the state's backup execution method, believes that sex traffickers need to face harsher punishment with a stronger deterrent effect.  Civil-liberties groups oppose the measure, claiming that the death penalty will not deter child-sex traffickers.

Cleveland Agrees to New Rules for Police:  Under an agreement with the Justice Department, the city of Cleveland will have its police department overseen by an independent monitor and require its officers to adhere with strict new rules on the use of force.  Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post reports that the agreement, followed Justice Department findings that the city's police "engaged in unnecessary and excessive use of force," requires oversight by a community police commission and a mental health response advisory committee.  The agreement is court-enforceable.

B.B. King's Death Investigated As Homicide:  A homicide investigation is underway in the death of blues legend B.B. King, whose two daughters have filed affidavits alleging that he was intentionally poisoned.  Justin Wm. Moyer of the Washington Post reports that the late musician's daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, believe that Patricia Toney, King's longtime business agent who has the power of attorney in this case, may be responsible.  King died at the age of 89 on May 14 and the results of his autopsy, which was performed on Sunday, will be available in approximately eight weeks.

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Police Officer Killed Hours Before Maternity Leave:  An Omaha police officer was shot and killed by a fugitive on Wednesday, just hours before she was to go on maternity leave.  Fox News reports that 29-year-old Kerrie Orozco was part of the city's fugitive taskforce and had closed in on 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, a fugitive with a felony arrest warrant who then opened fire at Orozco and other officers.  Orozco had given birth to a premature baby girl in February, postponing her maternity leave until the baby's release from the hospital, which was the day after she was killed.  The shooting suspect was also fatally shot.

Transgender Inmate's Surgery Delayed:  Hours after a California panel recommended parole for convicted killer Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, a federal appeals court delayed his sex reassignment surgery, making it unlikely that he will receive prison-funded surgery before his release.  Don Thompson of the AP reports that the state contested a lower court judge's ruling that Norsworthy receive the surgery as soon as possible, but now it could be delayed for months while the appellate court considers the case.  Corrections officials are "pleased that the delay will let the appeals court review the merits of the state's appeal."  Norsworthy's attorneys argue that the denial of his surgery amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Six Baltimore Officers Indicted:  A grand jury decided to indict all six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, allowing the criminal prosecution to proceed.  The AP reports that the officers' attorneys believe that Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby should be replaced with an independent prosecutor, arguing the current prosecution as "overzealous."

Two ISIS Recruits Arrested in LA:  Two men were arrested by the FBI in Southern California yesterday, one at the Los Angeles International Airport, on suspicion of terrorism related charges.  Andrew Blankstein of NBC News reports that Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel of Anaheim were allegedly planning to travel abroad and join the Islamic State terrorist group, known as ISIS.  Two search warrants were also served in relation to the charges.

Suspect In DC Homicide Charged:  Daron Dylon Wint, suspected of murdering a Washington businessman, his family, and their housekeeper last week and setting their mansion on fire in an extortion scheme, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.  Greg Botelho, Mary Kay Mallonee, and Ed Payne of CNN report that Wint was apprehended Thursday while traveling from a Maryland hotel to Washington D.C. in a car with two women alongside a box truck driven by his brother and two other men.  At least $10,000 was discovered during the arrest.  The other five individuals were arrested but have not been charged.  Wint is set to make his first court appearance on Friday afternoon.

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NE Bill Abolishing Death Penalty Approved:  A bill abolishing the death penalty was approved on Wednesday by Nebraska's legislature with a 32 to 15 vote.  The AP reports that Governor Pete Ricketts promises to veto the bill, although there may be enough votes in favor of the bill to possibly override a veto.  

Parolee Found Guilty of Investigator's Murder:  Paroled sex offender Randy Alana was convicted Wednesday of murder, second-degree robbery, auto theft and grand theft for the 2013 killing of Sandra Coke, a federal defense investigator from Oakland.  Henry K. Lee of SF Gate reports that the jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Alana guilty.  Alana, who had previously dated the victim and was the father of her teenage daughter, was out on parole and being tracked by authorities with a GPS anklet in August 2013 when he strangled Coke and dumped her body in Vacaville, because she called his parole agent.

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter At Capitol Faces Nine Years:  The man who landed his one-man gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last month to protest campaign finance could face over nine years in prison.  Warner Todd Huston of Breitbart reports that Douglas Hughes, a mail carrier from Florida, flew through restricted airspace on April 15 before landing on the west lawn of the Capitol building, and was arrested immediately.  He has been indicted on six charges by a federal grand jury, including violation of national defense airspace and violation of aircraft registration requirements.

Bill that Loosens Execution Restrictions Passes House:  A North Carolina bill, which passed the House and is under consideration in the Senate, would permit other medical professionals to oversee executions, not just licensed physicians.  The Daily Tar Heel reports that House Bill 774 was created in response to physicians' growing unwillingness since 2007 to participate in executions, when the North Carolina Medical Board banned providers from giving lethal injections.  Although the state Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that the board could not revoke physicians' licenses, physicians in the state have still been hesitant.  The bill would extend execution participation to physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and emergency medical technicians, but a licensed physician would still be required to pronounce an inmate dead.

Suspect Named In Quadruple Murder:  Police have identified a suspect in last week's quadruple homicide of a wealthy couple, their 10-year-old son, and their housekeeper that occurred in one of Washington D.C.'s poshest neighborhoods, just down the street from the Vice President's residence.  Fox News reports that Daron Dylon Wint, a career criminal whose DNA was found on pizza crust left at the crime scene, is believed to have held the family hostage on the evening of May 13 while coordinating the delivery of $40,000 in cash, then killed them and set their mansion ablaze before fleeing in the couple's Porsche, which was also torched.  Law enforcement believes Wint is hiding out in Brooklyn and have expanded their manhunt.

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Police Oppose Obama's Military Equipment Ban:  Law enforcement agencies nationwide will no longer be provided with certain military equipment by the federal government under President Obama's executive order.  Genny McLaren of Fox 40 reports that Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones calls the ban the president's "latest missive," reinforcing the administration's attitude that "local police and sheriff's departments are incapable of effectively and fairly providing public safety."  The equipment ban includes tracked armored vehicles and a lot of stuff police don't use like 50 caliber weapons and ammunition, certain camouflage clothing, bayonets, weaponized aircraft and grenade launchers.

Report Links Auto Thefts To Realignment:  The Public Policy Institute of California released a report on Tuesday suggesting  the state's AB 109 Realignment law, which released thousands of felons from prison, resulted in increased auto thefts but had no impact on violent crime.  The report, which relies on 2013 data, left out 2014 data reported by the LA Times showing the state prison population increasing due to increased convictions for violent and serious felonies, and also missed the Los Angeles Police Chief's March 24, 2015 statement that violent crime has increased 26% in his city so far this year.

Trove Of Bin Laden Documents Released:  A trove of documents recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011 have been released to the public by U.S. Intelligence, revealing Al Qaeda's operations.  Fox News reports that included among the documents are letters, accounting information, and application forms from prospective members.  One document in particular warned that the "motives that led to 9/11 are still there."  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says they will review hundreds more documents for possible declassification and release.

Development Of San Quentin's Land Debated:  The $18 million project to demolish and rebuild San Quentin State Prison's boiler house, which is non-compliant with the Bay Area's air emissions regulations, is reigniting the debate over whether the aging prison should stay or go.  KTVU reports that a global property strategist says that the land occupied by the prison could sell for "at least a billion," and transform the facility into a revenue generator rather than an economic drain.  Inmates are against the relocation, however, citing their proximity to the courts and tech companies who send in volunteers as their reasons for wanting to stay put.

Bandidos Biker Gang Allied With Drug Cartel:  The Bandidos, one of the biker gangs involved in the shootout at a Texas restaurant Sunday, has been identified by the FBI as a longtime affiliate of the violent Mexican cartel Los Zetas.  Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart reports that the Bandidos coordinate drug smuggling operations with international drug-trafficking organizations such as Los Zetas, in which they manufacture, transport, and distribute marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.  The gang's ties to the cartels provide them with a steady flow of drugs that "make up the majority of the gangs profits."

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State Supreme Court Overturns Assailant's Sentence:  On Monday, the California Supreme Court struck down the five-year prison sentence of a Sacramento man who beat his children's mother because a trial judge failed to advise the defendant that admitting to a prior conviction could result in a harsher penalty.  Denny Walsh of the Sacramento Bee reports on the high court's decision in People v. Joshua Cross that overturned defendant Cross' sentence.  A week before the court's determination, Cross, released after serving the previous sentence, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to three years of informal probation.

Legal Immigrants Take Back Seat To Illegals:  As the numbers of illegal immigrants seeking legal status under Obama's executive actions increase significantly, the waiting list to enter the U.S. legally is growing longer by the day, with illegal aliens prioritized over immigrants that entered the country legally.  William La Jeunesse of Fox News reports that the waiting list for individuals trying to enter the U.S. legally has reached 4.4 million, exceeding last year's numbers by 100,000.  Some, such as American born Jimmy Gugliotta, who lives in Chile with his Argentinean wife and their children, has been waiting almost two years for his family's visas while illegal immigrants continue to cut in line.

Baltimore Surges with Murders, Shootings:  Following the riots last month, Baltimore has experienced a "dramatic increase in violence," leaving many residents concerned that police officers are hesitant to aggressively respond to the spike in crime.  Christie Ileto of CBS Baltimore reports that 96 homicides have occurred in the city this year, up almost one-third from last year.  A Baltimore police officer said the Freddie Gray case "impacted policing," adding that he could understand why some officers may not want to be proactive during these rocky times.

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Revenge Attacks Feared After Biker Gang Shootout:  Following a violent brawl between five rival biker gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Texas that left nine dead, 18 wounded and nearly 200 arrested, police are concerned about retaliatory attacks.  Lisa Maria Garza of Reuters reports that the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill erupted in violence on Sunday afternoon, with rival gang members attacking each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and motorcycle chains.  The restaurant, which has been a meeting place for biker gangs, has been closed for at least seven days.  No bystanders or police were injured in the incident.

Immigration Court Backlog Reaches All-Time High:  Last summer's surge of illegal immigrants from Central America has culminated to a record high backlog for federal immigration courts at more than 445,000 pending cases.  Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Washington Post reports that the backlog has increased by 30 percent since the last fiscal year began, overwhelming immigration courts.  The backlog of juvenile cases alone is 68 percent larger than it was before the flood of immigrants occurred last June.

Change US Park Police Mass Arrest Policies:  A proposed $2.2 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit involving the 2002 arrests of hundreds of protestors would change the way U.S. Park Police handle mass protests.  The AP reports that 400 protestors were arrested at the 2002 International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Park Police, who are responsible for areas in front of the White House and other key security sites.  A group representing protesters called the settlement "a victory for First Amendment Rights."  The changes outlined in the settlement would prevent police from encircling protestors, require particularized probable cause for any protestor arrest, and fair notice before an arrest.

Is Fatal Asthma Attack Murder?:  A Boston jury will decide if Michael Stallings is responsible for the 2012 death of Kelvin Rowell, who died of an asthma attack after fleeing from gunshots fired by Stallings.  Fox News reports that Rowell's asthma attack was so severe that it rendered him comatose for six weeks before he died.  In order to convict Stallings of murder, the jury will have to find that he "acted with premeditation or with extreme atrocity or cruelty."

Felons May Sell Or Transfer Possession of Guns:  A unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that a convicted felon may request a court to transfer his guns to a third party instead of surrendering them to the government.  Stephanie Condon of CBS News reports that Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the opinion holding that a court is allowed to transfer a felon's weapons to a third party, "as long as the court is satisfied that the recipient will not let the felon use the weapons or direct their use."  The decision in Henderson v. United States could have far-reaching impact on Americans  convicted of felonies.

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Jury Condemns Boston Bomber to Death:  The jury in the trial against Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsaenaev has handed down a sentence of death for his role in the 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and wounded hundreds.  Tsarnaev also killed a police officer days after the attacks.  The AP reports that the jury deliberated for 14 hours over a three-day period before reaching a unanimous verdict.  Tsarnaev reportedly showed no emotion while his fate was read aloud in court.

Amtrak Engineer's Phone Records To Be Searched:  Investigators probing Tuesday's fatal Amtrak derailment have obtained a search warrant for cell phone records of the train's engineer, to determine whether he was distracted in the moments that led to the crash that killed eight and wounded dozens more in Philadelphia.  Fox News reports that there are conflicting stories regarding 32-year-old Brandon Bostian's cooperation with investigators.  The engineer's attorney claims that Bostian spoke with police for five hours before he arrived.  Investigators say that they barely spoke with him.  Bostian may face charges as early as Wednesday if Philadelphia's DA's office has sufficient evidence.

Immigration Language Stripped From Defense Bill:  House conservatives voted down a provision outlined in Congress' annual defense policy bill which aimed to help young illegal immigrants enlist in the military.  The AP reports that the issue sparked a heated partisan debate, with Democrats denouncing Republicans for discrimination.  Several Republicans argued that the provision should have never been included in the defense bill in the first place.

Overcrowded Jail Leaves Criminals On The Streets:  Overcrowding in Utah's largest county jail means that fewer criminals are being held and those that are spend very little time inside.  Scott McKane of Fox 13 Now reports that the Salt Lake City Sheriff predicts that the situation is about to get worse, noting that by summer, those who have committed certain offenses will not be booked into his jail at all.  The mayor believes he has a solution and wants to implement a program called Pay for Success, which aims to divert individuals with drug and mental health issues away from jail and into treatment.  Under this plan the provider of treatment is compensated only when the offender has completed the program.

Discretionary Releases Not Tracked By DHS:  The Homeland Security Department's inspector general has released a new report which says that the Department of Homeland Security failed to keep track of the number of times it used prosecutorial discretion to justify releasing illegal immigrants from custody.  Taylor Tyler of HNGN reports that the department's failure to collect and analyze this data means that government funds were likely used inefficiently and national security was compromised.  The report found that at least one agency in DHS, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, did collect data regarding prosecutorial discretion, revealing that in FY 2014, the agency recorded 12,757 instances in which ICE officers exercised discretion to release illegal immigrants.

Parolee Found Guilty Murder:  An Atlanta parolee, who strangled his roommate and stole his vehicle to flee to Florida to avoid returning to prison on a parole violation, has been found guilty of murder.  Tyler Estep of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tony Mitchell, a four-time convicted felon on parole for robbery, beat and strangled Randy Lewis, whose body was discovered four days later by other roommates.  Mitchell was apprehended 10 days after the crime when he was caught shoplifting at a store in Florida.

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LA County Jail-ICE Partnership To End:  The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted this week to end a program that allowed ICE agents to work inside county jails in order to more efficiently conduct their duties, responding to immigrant advocates who say the partnership was "eroding immigrants' trust in police."  Aaron Morrison of the International Business Times reports that groups who oppose the decision are concerned with how it could endanger the community by making it much more likely for illegal immigrants to avoid rightful deportation.  Those who voiced the strongest opposition were the family members of victims murdered by illegal immigrants.

Gang Rivalry Sparks Increase In Gun Crimes:  Police officers in Rockford, Illinois are combating an increase in gun violence brought on by an intense gang rivalry in the city.  Jeff Kilkey of the Rockford Register Star reports that through April of this year, there were a total of 161 incidents involving gunfire, a 92% from last year.  Police also noted that they seized 75 illegal guns through April, a 36% increase compared to 2014, and have responded to 11% more robberies.

Rapper Should Have Been in Prison:  A gang war in Denver that resulted in the deaths of a dozen gang members from four street gangs was triggered by the murder of a rapper, who had two warrants out for his arrest in two different states.  Kirk Mitchell of the Denver Post reports that Kevie "KL Tha General" Durham, who was fatally shot at a nightclub last November, was on the streets due to a "series of failures by authorities" in both North Carolina and Colorado.  Durham was not transferred to North Carolina where he was facing a robbery charge, and after escaping a halfway house in Colorado, the state's Fugitive Apprehension Unit failed to track him down.

Felon Avoids Earlier Murder Conviction Charged In New Killing:  A convicted felon from Birmingham, Alabama, who avoided a murder conviction almost a decade ago, has been charged with murder again.  Carol Robinson of AL reports that Justin Hendrix is charged in the shooting death last Saturday of Vanderick Lavorne Thomas, during an altercation over drugs and gambling.  In 2007, murder charges against Hendrix were dismissed, but he was convicted of attempted murder charges and cocaine possession, but was released early.

Teacher Fired For Assigning Students To Write Cop Killer:  A third grade teacher from New Jersey has been fired for  instructing her students to write "get well" letters to a convicted cop killer serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania.  Fox News reports that Marilyn Zuniga, a first-year teacher, defends the assignment that students write "get well" letters to diabetes-stricken Mumia Abu-Jamal, who killed a Philadelphia police officer during a routine traffic stop in 1981.  While some of her supporters believe the assignment taught the students compassion for others, opponents felt more deserving victims than a murderer should have been selected. 

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Triple Murderer Executed In Texas:  Derrick Charles, convicted of murdering his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather 13 years ago, became the seventh inmate executed in Texas this year after being put to death by lethal injection on Tuesday night.  The AP reports that Charles' attorneys argued that he was mentally incompetent and sought to overturn his death sentence, but the claim was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has two more executions scheduled next month, but only has enough pentobarbital for one of them.

Protests Begin in Wisconsin After Shooting Decision:  Hours after a prosecutor announced that a white officer would not be charged in the March 6 shooting death of an unarmed biracial man, protests have begun in Madison which some fear will become violent as in Ferguson and Baltimore.  Todd Richmond of the AP reports that Dane County's district attorney Ismael Ozanne, a biracial man who identifies as black, said that he "made his decision based on the facts."  On March 6, 19-year-old Tony Robinson was tripping on mushrooms and acted out violently towards several individuals, prompting police to be called.  When Officer Matt Kenny responded to the call, Robinson punched him in the head.  Fearing Robinson would take his gun  Kenny fired seven shots, killing him.

Body Cameras Raise Privacy Concerns:  Police departments using body cameras to monitor officer behavior are now facing privacy concerns regarding when to keep their cameras rolling.  Maggie Ybarra of the Washington Times reports that both leaving the camera on full time or allowing an officer to shut it off puts an officer at risk of losing his job or violating someone's  privacy rights.  In spite of this, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced her plan to implement a $20 million Body-Worn Camera Pilot Partnership Program to help provide law enforcement agencies with the cameras.

CA Judge Allows Serial Rapist To Remain Free:  A California community is outraged after a judge decided not to send a serial rapist back to a psychiatric hospital.  Tami Abdollah and Olga R Rodriguez of the AP report that Christopher Hubbart, or the "pillowcase rapist," was deemed by Judge Richard Loftus as posing no danger to the safety and well-being of others. But residents of the community worry he will rape again.  Hubbart, who was first convicted of rape in 1972, admitted to raping approximately 40 women through 1982, muffling their screams with a pillowcase.

Suspect Identified In CT Serial Killer Probe:  William Devin Howell, behind bars for murdering a woman, has been identified by law enforcement as the suspect responsible for the murders of seven women, whose bodies were discovered in the woods behind a Connecticut strip mall.  Dave Collins of the AP reports that Howell was sentenced in 2003 to 15 years for manslaughter in the killing of a 33-year-old woman.  Howell has yet to be charged in murders of the seven women.

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TX Senate Approved Confidentiality of Drug Suppliers:  A measure initially approved in the Texas state Senate will keep the identities of suppliers of lethal injection drugs confidential.  Paul J Weber of WHEC reports that many drug manufacturers refuse to supply lethal injection drugs to death penalty states without complete confidentiality due to threats from death penalty opponents.  The state House is expected to consider the measure this week as well.  Texas says that they have enough pentobarbital to carry out two more executions, one of which is scheduled on Wednesday.

7 Victims Found in Serial Killer Investigation:  Behind a strip mall, Connecticut law enforcement have uncovered what they describe as a serial killer's "dumping ground," where multiple remains of missing women were discovered.  Fox News reports that three victims, all missing since 2003, were found in 2007, and a trained FBI canine lead investigators to four more bodies at the end of last month.  Police say they are focusing on a particular suspect, already in prison, so there is no threat to the public.

Baltimore Unrest Causes Crime Spike:  Since the unrest that ignited in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, the city is experiencing a significant spike in crime.  Dakarai Turner of ABC 2 News reports that since the April 25, the day the unrest began, there have been 22 murders and 39 non-fatal shootings.  Some believe that the increase in violence is due to "de-policing," as Baltimore officers feel "unappreciated, dejected and targeted."  However, a retired police major said that while the "blue flu" can happen, it usually does not affect an entire department.  

Alien Children Border Crossings Down from 2014:  Illegal immigrant children from Central America are crossing the border at far lower rates than in 2013 and 2014, dropping a total of 58 percent this year.  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that the U.S.'s efforts to dissuade would-be immigrants from making the journey by convincing them that there are no "free passes" helped reduce the flow.  If the current pace continues, authorities predict that fewer than 40,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children will be caught, compared to the 68,541 illegal immigrant children who were caught by the end of last year.

Prison Partially Closed After Riot:  Sections of Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Lincoln, Nebraska are closed for repairs after being damaged during a 10-hour takeover that began on Sunday, resulting in the death of two inmates.  Paul Hammel and Joe Duggan of the World-Herald Bureau report that investigators are still unclear what started the riot, which involved 100 to 200 inmates.  Officials cite issues regarding understaffing and overcrowding as a contributing factor.

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Virginia Woman Gets 4 ½ Years for Terrorism Support:  An American woman who lied to the FBI about attempting to help a teenager join the Islamic State group, or ISIS, and carry out a suicide bombing was sentenced today to 4 ½ years in prison.  The AP reports that Heather Elizabeth Coffman has expressed regret, admitting that she "crossed the line."  Coffman developed an online romance with a Macedonian teenager, assisting him with arrangements to travel to Syria to train and fight with ISIS, and to eventually carry out a suicide attack.  The teen backed out of the plan when the relationship between the two of them fizzled.

Asylum is 'Secret Password' for Immigrants:  Illegal immigrants wanting to gain entry into the U.S. can simply call themselves asylum seekers and get into the country in a practice, the president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council said, calling it a "global joke."  Melissa Jacobs of Fox News reports that the tactic is mostly used by 19 to 21 year-olds, the majority of whom are being approved by claiming a "credible fear" in their nation of origin, despite the fact that "credible fears" such as poverty and violence do not meet the standard for asylum.  An internal Department of Homeland Security report from 2014 revealed that "at least 70 percent of asylum cases contained proven or possible fraud."

More Adults on Probation since Prison Realignment:  Since the passage of California's AB 109 prison realignment program in 2011, San Luis Obispo County has seen an increase in the number of adults supervised by the probation department.  Matt Fountain of The Tribune reports that the number of inmates sentenced and assigned to local probation after the passage of realignment in 2011 has risen steadily, resulting in hundreds of inmates that would have normally been handled by the state under the responsibility of the county.  Of all offenders released under realignment between 2011 and 2014, 33 percent committed a new crime while on probation.

PA Legislators Seek to Reinstate Mandatory Minimums for Certain Crimes:  Pennsylvania lawmakers in Lancaster County have introduced three bills, two which seek to reinstate mandatory minimum sentences for sexually assaulting a child and for burglary of an occupied home, and one that would add charges to mid-level assault.  Karen Shuey of Lancaster Online reports that a defense lawyer criticizes the bills believing that they take the judge out of the judicial system.  However, the county's top attorney endorsed the proposals, calling them "simple, common sense changes."

New Jail Policy Could Lead to Increase in Crime:  A new policy instituted by the Greene County, Missouri sheriff catches and releases certain criminals back onto the streets, igniting concern that it could lead to an increase in crime.  Emily Wood of KY3 reports that for crimes such as DWI, assault, theft, and trespassing, law enforcement is not permitted to bring them to jail.  Responding to backlash, the county sheriff insists that offenders will be booked and jailed for these crimes as they previously were once the county can ease jail overcrowding.

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AZ Death Row Inmates Challenge Death Penalty:  Over two dozen Arizona death row inmates are challenging the state's death penalty law with the claim that it as "unconstitutionally arbitrary."  Fox 10 News reports that in Arizona, there are 14 aggravating factors which qualify a murderer for the death penalty, and the prosecution only has to allege one.  The murderers claim that this makes virtually all murders eligible.  The lawsuit refers to the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court Furman v. Georgia ruling which held that state laws must distinguish between cases for which a death sentence can be sought and one's that don't.

Prop. 47 Approved by Pastors, Not Police:  Pastors and police in Fontana have expressed differing opinions on Proposition 47, an initiative that passed last November that changed downgraded several property felonies to misdemeanors.  Russell Ingold of the Fontana Herald News reports that pastor Mannie Brodie believes the law is working well, allowing criminals to contribute more positively to society by eliminating or avoiding felony convictions on their records.  However, Fontana police chief Rodney Jones says that the measure was poorly written, and that every month since the law went into effect, both violent and property crimes have increased.

Judge Limits Sex Offender Confinement:  A court decision that narrowed which sex offenders can be held indefinitely in mental institutions has been refined by the Administrative Judge for Central New York, James Tormey.  Douglas Dowty of Syracuse reports that New York Court of Appeals ruled last year that sex offenders cannot be confined indefinitely for acting like any other criminal, such as having anti-social personality disorder.  Tormey's recent ruling held that judges have the discretion to rule whether a sex offender was properly confined due to anti-social behavior along with other factors that render him uncontrollable and dangerous.

81 Illegals Enlist in Army:  Since January, the Obama administration has allowed 81 illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty under the president's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enlist in the U.S. Army.  Caroline May of Breitbart reports that the Congress has a proposed amendment in the defense authorization bill (NDAA) urging the Secretary of Defense to declare DACA recipients as "vital" to national security interests.  Twenty-five republicans have taken a stand, asking the House Rules Committee to eliminate the DACA language from the NDAA.

U.S. Military Raises Threat Level:  In the wake of mounting threats from homegrown ISIS sympathizers, alert levels for North American bases has been raised by the U.S. Military to the highest it's been since the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Fox News reports that the elevated alert is not tied to any specific threat, but "recent events have led us to recognize the need to take prudent steps," says FBI Director James Comey.  There are allegedly hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans following ISIS online.

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Doubt Cast Over Baltimore Charges:  Lawyers representing the six Baltimore police officers arrested on felony charges in the death of Freddie Gray, have found contradictions between State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's announced findings and a police department investigation of the indicent.  Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Wesley Bruer of CNN report that the police investigation concluded that the knife found on Gray is in fact illegal under Baltimore city code, refuting Mosby's key finding that the knife was legal.  Investigators also said that the incident "at most contemplated a manslaughter charge," not second degree murder.  

Bill Would Allow TX To Enforce Federal Immigration Laws:  A bill passed by the Texas Senate would give the state's law enforcement officers authority to enforce laws to combat illegal immigration and improve border security.  Lana Shadwick of Breitbart reports that the authority would be authorized through an interstate compact with at least one other state, and the U.S. Congress's approval.  The President's approval is not needed.  The bill, SB 1252, hopes to fix a major issue "that the Federal government has ignored. "

Aging Inmates In Federal Prisons:  A new report highlights the burden faced by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in dealing with a growing population of aging inmates.  Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that in Fiscal 2013, the BOP spent 19 percent of their total budget, or $881 million, on inmates over the age of 50.  Besides the obvious financial burden, older inmates present other challenges with regard to their medical needs which require special accommodations, such as elevators and lower bunk beds which either don't exist in prison or have been compromised by overcrowding.

NSA Program Ruled Illegal:  A federal appeals court in New York ruled today that the National Security Agency's secret program that collects Americans' phone records "in bulk" is illegal.  Charlie Savage of the NY Times reports that the provision of the USA Patriot Act known as Section 215, which permits the FBI to collect relevant business records in the course of counterterrorism investigations, "cannot be legitimately interpreted to permit the bulk collection of domestic calling cards."  The three-judge panel held that if Congress chooses to authorize a similar program in the future, they must do so "unambiguously."

Terrorist who Killed Army Medic Released:  A convicted terrorist sentenced as a teenager to 40 years in Guantanamo Bay for the 2002 killing of a U.S. Army Delta Force medic in Afghanistan was ordered released by a Canadian judge because he has allegedly changed his jihadist ways.  Maxim Lott of Fox News reports that Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who grew up in Pakistan, threw a grenade at medic Christopher Speer and four other soldiers in an ambush attack, killing them.  Khadr has never expressed remorse, according to a Pentagon report.  Khadr accepted President Obama's plea bargin for an 8-year sentence, and is supposed to be heavily monitored once released with a tracking bracelet and a 10 P.M. curfew.

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