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Elizabeth Smart Trial Abruptly Halted:  Presiding U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball interrupted opening statements today in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial, sending jurors home and expressing his unhappiness about the further delay.  The AP reports the interruption came after a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit agreed to hear whether defendant Brian David Mitchell can get a fair trial in Utah. 

"I Will Kill":  On Saturday, November 6 at 10 p.m. EST, CBS News 48 Hours Mystery will air a special on John Gardner, the murderer of 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King.  Serving life in Corcoran prison, Gardner revealed to CBS reporter Troy Roberts that he would kill again if released, stating "I never want to be let out.  I will kill.  I know I will... I am the type that needs to be locked up forever.  I am an animal."  Gardner thinks he will be killed in prison and that it "will be a release" for him to die.  Watch a sneak peak of the show here.

Conflicting Orders in Montana Death Penalty Case:  A Montana judge yesterday set an execution date of January 11, 2011 for convicted double murderer Ronald Smith, reports KRTV (MT).  Days earlier, another state court judge stayed Smith's execution, leaving a conflict one judge characterized as "uncharted territory."  While the issue is presented to the state's high court, prison warden Mike Mahoney plans to prepare for the execution that may or may not happen in less than 90 days.

Jessica's Law Provisions Blocked:  A LA County judge today temporarily halted enforcement of provisions of Jessica's Law prohibiting registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school, park, or place where children regularly gather.  Judge Peter Espinoza determined qualifying parolees are left with limited housing options, and face a choice of homelessness or returning to prison.  The AP has this story.

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