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- Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D) predicts that a ban on the death penalty in his state is likely to pass the state senate.
- Meanwhile, Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield says it is a “matter of urgency for us” to develop a new execution protocol in the wake of a drug shortage that has prevented them from obtaining the one of the drugs the state normally uses to kill people.
- Kansas lawmakers are threatening to end that state’s merit selection process for judges in favor of a more political system similar to the federal process.
- The Supreme Court considered whether police can force a suspected drunk driver to take a blood test without a warrant.
- Justice Sonia Sotomayor begins a book tour for her memoir, “My Beloved World.”