Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A real go-getter

Today's Denver Post has a story about a man named William Costello, who has close ties to top Democrats. Under Katie's Law, he has been arrested on charges he is a serial rapist. Former Governor Richard Lamm had this to say about the man: "It just makes you shake your head," Lamm said. "He was the kind of guy that mothers would be so pleased to see their daughters walk off with on a date. He was tied in with some very prominent Colorado names who mentored him. We are in shock around here."

Lamm said Costello, as a young man, always seemed to be a go-getter, smart and articulate.

Do you know about Katie's Law? According to Wikipedia, Katie's Law, also known as the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010, is a proposed federal law to provide funding to states to implement minimum and enhanced DNA collection processes for felony arrests. The proposed legislation encourages states to collect a sample through DNA profiling from individuals who are: arrested for, charged with or indicted for crimes involving murder, manslaughter, sexual assaults, and kidnapping or abduction. The collected samples are included in CODIS [1] which contains more than 5 million records and used by law enforcement agencies. DNA profiling is not the same as full genome sequencing and contains no genetic information. There are over 3 billion markers in the DNA molecule and only 13 of these markers go into CODIS. Wikipedia says that 24 states have passed Katie's Laws or similar statutes. Wikipedia says Katie's Law has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but not Harry Reid's Senate.

But wait, the U.S. Supreme Court may soon rule on the legality of Katie's Laws. Watch this brief video:

Supreme Court may put Katie's Law in jeopardy

Costello story found here:

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