Exclusionary Consequences. Mary Hutchison, 45, was murdered last week in the Burger King where she worked near Waukegan, Illinois. The man charged with killing her had previously been convicted of a quadruple murder, but he was back on the street because an appellate court held that he was in custody at the time of his statement and that the police did not then have probable cause. Eric Herman and Annie Sweeney of the Chicago Sun-Times report here and here.
Probationary Consequences. Buffalo Police Officer Patricia A. Parete was shot Tuesday by a teenager who was on probation, according to this story in the Buffalo News. "If Parete survives, she likely will be paralyzed from the neck down." Varner Harris Jr., 18, received probation for armed robbery in May, 2005, when he was 17. He shot the officer, he said, because he feared going to adult jail now that he is over 18. He probably does not fear the death penalty for killing a police officer, because the New York Court of Appeals took it upon itself to effectively abolish the death penalty in New York in 2004.
Interesting piece in today's Washington Post by Charles Krauthammer discussing the folly of speculating about the recent murder of a former Russian spy in London. There is also an endorsement of dying declarations.