Elections: Republicans won a tightly contested gubernatorial race in New Jersey and a blow out in Virginia. Meanwhile, Democrats took the House race in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, fending off an insurgent conservative candidate in the long-time Republican stronghold.
Saving the Sniper: Lawyers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the execution of D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad, reports The Washington Post. They argue that their client should not have been permitted to represent himself at trial because he was mentally unstable, suffering at the time from severe paranoia and delusions.
Madoff’s Money Man: The accountant who helped hide Bernard Madoff’s enormous Ponzi scheme pleaded guilty Tuesday in New York federal court to securities fraud, admitting he rubber stamped false SEC filings. "In what was surely the biggest mistake of my life, I placed my trust in Bernard Madoff," said David Friehling. "At no time was I ever aware that Bernard Madoff was engaged in a Ponzi scheme." The New York Law Journal has the story.