Antifreeze Killer Sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Lynn Turner could have been the second woman to face the death penalty in Georgia but the jurors decided on Tuesday to spare her. She had been convicted of the poisoning-murder of her boyfriend, Randy Thompson. An AP story reports that Turner is already serving a life sentence for murdering her former husband the same way in 1995.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fall concerning the constitutionality of the PROTECT Act of 2003 which was adopted to broaden the definition of child pornography and penalize violators. The Los Angeles Times story by David Savage is available here. This issue has made its way to the high court due to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that struck down the law ruling that it is "overbroad and impermissibly vague." The reversal of Michael Williams' conviction for possessing child pornography lead to a plea agreement of a five-year term that also allowed him to challenge the law of 2003.
GPS Trackers A California bill that would require GPS tracking of inmates in minimum-security facilities passed unanimously in the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday. In a San Francisco Chronicle story, Matthew Yi reports that AB439 was introduced after SF Police Officer Bryan Tuvera was killed by an inmate who had walked off a minimum security facility. The site has no security fences to enclose the inmates who are deemed "non-violent." Yi reports that more than a dozen inmates walk away from the minimum security facilities every year.