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This is a disappointing, yet utterly unsurprising result, after a years-long appeals process that was put on hold pending last year's equally unfortunate Maryland v. King decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last year, the High Court held that Maryland's practice of collecting DNA from felons was pretty much no big deal, akin to fingerprinting as a means of identification. Haskell v. Harris is a similar case, challenging a somewhat similar law in California.

So yes, after a pro-California ruling by a panel, some indication that the en banc court was leaning the other way, and the Supreme Court bombshell, California's law stands, and the injunction that would've stopped all DNA collection has been denied.

Over the past few years, the nation has watched, with little amusement, while a circus of immigration reform efforts have played out in Arizona. Frustrated by what they call the federal government's failings in curbing illegal immigration, the state passed its own set of laws, in the legislature and via referendum, most of which have since met their demise in the courts.

Arizona's laws have been criticized as improperly motivated, and preempted by federal law, but last June, a divided panel upheld Proposition 100, which denies bond to illegal immigrants accused of serious crimes, as a proper means of ensuring that the state can enforce its laws against those prone to flee.

On Thursday, however, the court announced that the case will head back to the court for the full en banc treatment.

She spent more than two decades on death row before the Ninth Circuit set her free because of questions about the investigating detective's credibility. Now, thanks to those questions, the case against her is unraveling.

Deborah Milke was convicted in 1991 of having her 4-year-old son murdered. But decades later, Milke was set free after the Ninth Circuit granted habeas, citing multiple findings by lower courts of Detective Hector Saldate's misconduct in other cases.

Now, after the trial court today allowed Saldate to invoke his right against self-incrimination, the prosecution is scrambling to gather enough evidence to retry the case, 20 years later.

Dissents are worthless, right? After all, they're not controlling, especially dissents from orders.

This dissent from an en banc rehearing denial, by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, arguing that the frequency of Brady disclosure violations has reached epidemic proportions, is one more reason why Judge Kozinski is quickly becoming a personal favorite. It's snarky, well-written, and makes you wonder how in the heck the original panel (and the en banc deniers) got the case so wrong.

Unfortunately, it's legal effect is nill, which means the defendant, Kenneth Olsen, who was convicted of knowingly developing a biological agent (ricin) for use as a weapon (allegedly laced allergy pills), will not receive relief, absent Supreme Court intervention.

Fiending for a live stream of oral arguments in landmark cases? As we reported last week, the Ninth Circuit is going to lead the way in transparency by becoming the first Circuit Court of Appeals to stream its en banc proceedings live, online, at the court's website.

What cases are set for arguments? DNA collection, criminal matters, immigration, and a police shooting are all on the docket.

Pedro Vega was convicted in 2002 of molesting his stepdaughter. Prior to that conviction, he had escaped criminal charges twice: A federal case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, and state charges were dismissed as well. After new allegations by the victim came to light, the state brought charges again. Even then, there were two mistrials, including one caused by his attorney's absence, before he was finally convicted.

Three sets of charges. Three attorneys. And three trials, all of which were handled by the same attorney, who apparently never read the full case file, as he didn't discover the victim's second recantation, to her priest, until after that third trial.

Ineffective assistance, perhaps?

The California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention (STEP) Act is a comprehensive piece of anti-gang legislation that, amongst other remedies, allows the state to ask for an injunction prohibiting gang gatherings and other related behaviors.

In 2009, the Orange County District Attorney filed for an injunction against alleged members of the Orange Varrio Cypress (OVC) street gang. The terms of the injunction, which covers a 3.78-square mile area in the City of Orange, prohibited the affected members from gathering, throwing up gang signs, and being out after 10 p.m.

But when more than 50 of the alleged 115 people listed on the injunction showed up to challenge it, the prosecutors dismissed the injunction against the objectors -- then had it enforced against the group as a whole, including those who had previously objected.

Irwin Schiff is famous in certain circles -- so much so, that he has his own Wikipedia page. Schiff has been in and out of prison for much of his life due to his leadership in the tax protester movement, with convictions and protests spanning multiple decades. He's also written a number of books on the subject, each advocating ways (legal and illegal) to avoid paying income taxes.

In 2005, Schiff and two associates were convicted of tax evasion and other false filing and conspiracy charges. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit, in a brief, unpublished memorandum, declined to come to the rescue, despite Schiff's claims of ineffective assistance of his appellate counsel.

The acts committed by former Cal State University East Bay Criminal Justice Professor Kenneth Kyle, and his accomplice Tessa Vanvlerah, are too disturbing to recount in detail. The pair sexually assaulted Vanvlerah's 3-month-old infant daughter, leading to two consecutive life sentences for the mother, and a 37.5 year sentence, pursuant to a plea, for Kyle.The pair met online, and were caught after the FBI noticed him sharing footage of the crimes on a file-sharing network under the screen name "cruelsob."

Kyle's a free man, at least for now, as his reprehensible conduct led the trial judge to stray too far into the plea bargaining process. After the judge rejected a thirty year sentence, and expressed her thoughts that anything less than life would be inappropriate, the parties agreed to the longer sentence, plus restitution and supervised release.

Kenneth Lujan's marriage was ending. His wife left him in early 1998. He regularly stalked her after the separation, and when she threatened to get a restraining order, he threatened her life. He was eventually arrested for making terrorist threats and stalking, but it didn't curb his behavior. In early August, he returned to her residence at two o'clock in the morning and chased her inside.

One week later, he drove by her home and saw her becoming "intimate" with Officer Gilbert Madrigal. After seeing them together, Lujan hid in the shadows, waited for them to exit, and then beat them to death with a concrete block.