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Alabama Prison For HTJ: Looks like Harry Thomas Jr. got his wish: He’s going to the fanciest federal prison in the system on June 20. The camp in Montgomery, Ala. has nightly movies, pool tables, and arts and crafts. The move is unusual since it’s 693 miles away from D.C.—well outside the 500-mile radius most convicts get. Not that the 38 months he’ll be spending there will be fun, exactly. It’s still prison. +2
Love For Chuck Brown Extends Across Both Sides Of The Aisle: And Roll Call is on it: “Doug Heye, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (Va.) deputy chief of staff, tweeted, ‘Chuck Brown, rest in peace. Glad I saw him live and that I bought Bustin’ Loose on 45 when I was a kid. #WindMeUp.'” +2
Crime Is Blind: Poor Justice Stephen Breyer. First he got robbed at knife point while on a Caribbean vacation, now it turns out his Georgetown home was burglarized (while he and his wife were away). Thieves stole the silver. -1
The Gay Divorcee!: For gays and lesbians who got married and then moved to Maryland and then discovered they hated each other, getting a divorce has been impossible. Until now! Maryland’s Court of Appeals just knocked down a ruling that Maryland can’t recognize (and subsequently divorce) out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples. Freedom to divorce is definitely a sign of marriage equality. +2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 49 Today’s score: +5 Friday Bonus: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 56