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Execution Today in Texas: Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports Rodrigo Hernandez is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Texas today for the the abduction, rape, and strangulation of a 38-year-old woman in San Antonio in 1994. Hernandez attacked her at a storage area behind a supermarket and dumped her body in a garbage barrel behind a church. The murder went unsolved for eight years until he had to submit a DNA sample as a requirement for parole in Michigan, where he was serving a sentence for using a bottle to severely beat a man. His DNA sample went into a national database, which linked Hernandez to the Texas murder. Two years ago, DNA evidence also linked him to the 1991 slaying of a 77-year-old homeless woman in Michigan. He was not tried for her death. It would be the first execution in Texas this year.

Juvenile Sex Offenders Must Report for 25 Years: Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld that juveniles convicted of serious sex crimes in federal court can be required to register as sex offenders for at least 25 years. The Ninth Circuit said a registration law passed by Congress in 2006 that removed sex offenders aged 14 and over from the confidentiality protections of federal juvenile justice law is constitutionally sound. The ruling upheld registration requirements for three Montana juveniles subjected to federal prosecution because they committed forcible sex crimes between ages 14 and 17 on Indian reservations. The opinion is here.

Supreme Court GPS Tracking Case Confounds the Press:
Tom Goldstein, writing for SCOTUSblog, explains how he thinks the press got Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding GPS tracking in United States v. Jones wrong. He says the Court's only holding is that the installation of a GPS monitoring device is a search, which is a different question from whether it requires a warrant and whether it requires probable cause. The Court did not decide whether the short-term monitoring of a GPS device is a search requiring a warrant. Goldstein says in general, the coverage of Jones is bad and misleading, with none of the pieces correctly characterizing the ruling and its limits. He says the early press coverage focused on the warrant question because the public knows what that means. 

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