Court to Decide Convict's DNA Claim: As reported in Kent Scheidegger's post below, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a Ninth Circuit decision announcing that a convicted murderer has the right to testing of genetic evidence found at the crime scene. The Associated Press reports that William Osborne, convicted of a brutal rape and assault of an Anchorage prostitute in 1993, argues that he is entitled to have a condom, as well as hairs found at the scene tested.
Sex Offender Runs for Vermont Senate: Making the case that habitual criminals deserve a representative in the Vermont Senate, Larkin Forney is running on the "Justice for Vermonters" ticket. According to this AP story by John Curran, Forney, "who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor and has three driving under the influence convictions, said he's running to bring public attention to flaws in the criminal justice system." Commenting on his chances, Forney said, "I don't think I have that bad of a shot."
Ex-Con Kills Trick-or-Treater: A South Carolina man shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was trick-or-treating, and wounded the child's brother and father according to this AP story by Meg Kinnard. Quentin Patrick, an ex-con with multiple drug convictions reportedly thought he was going to be robbed when he fired his AK-47 assault rifle through his front door at the children dressed in Halloween costumes. According to this CNN story, after the shooting police arrested a 19-year-old woman in Patrick's home for obstruction of justice as she tried to leave with $7,500.