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Correction: Correcting yesterday's News Scan story on the Child Online Protection Act. The law was ruled against by Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. in Philadelphia, not New York. This is an updated article on the ruling by Ellen Nakashima and Sam Diaz of the Washington Post.

Financial troubles in Georgia: Georgia's public defender system is going broke from the capital punishment case of Brian Nichols; an accused rapist who fled the courthouse taking a guard's gun and murdering a judge, courthouse reporter, and two people in the courthouse. An article in the New York Times by Brenda Goodman explains that the case has already cost $1.4 million and has put other death penalty cases on hold in Georgia. Senate Judiciary Chairman Preston Smith suspects that costs are being deliberately inflated to destroy the death penalty.

Where to put the unwanted: An article by Don Thompson in the Vallejo Times-Herald discussed the issue of recently paroled sex offenders living "in hotels throughout California, a year after lawmakers complained about the practice." 60 day notification to communities where the sex offenders are released is now one of the ways that prison officials are trying to respond to public outcry.

No Tricks Allowed: Defense Attorney Stephen Hurley of Wisconsin, is in the Supreme Court hot seat for tricking a boy into trading in his computer for a new laptop. This was done in hopes to exonerate Hurley's client, Gordan Sussman, the boy's accused molester. According to an article by CNN, "a defense analyst discovered hundreds of pornographic images on the computer, including 28 images involving children. Hurley claimed the images showed that the boy accessed child pornography and learned about sex on his own and not through Sussman." Hurley's trick has brought up the question of whether or not attorneys can "participate in covert activities."

Problems in Texas: Texas' juvenile prison system is under review of its extended prison sentences to roughly 90% of the juvenile inmates, according to this AP story. The commission reviewing the system, was created by Governor Rick Perry after the molestation of juvenile boys by officers was discovered.

A 5-4 vote by Washington Supreme Court says the Department of Corrections can take non-work related money (i.e. money from families) of inmates serving life without parole, "to pay off their legal financial obligations such as victim restitution, court costs or attorney fees." The full article can be found here.

Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in a split decision that "convicted predatory offenders who live on American Indian reservations must register with the state," according to this AP story. The ruling now makes registration on a reservation a criminal statute, giving the state the right to know where offenders live.

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"No Tricks Allowed"

Why not?

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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