Wednesday, March 16, 2005

(Sun-Times) Lefkow killer used GPS to find her home: Bart Ross used a global positioning device to seek directions to the homes of federal Judge Joan Lefkow as well as a doctor and a Cook County judge, sources said Tuesday.

Ross, 57, shot to death Lefkow's husband, Michael Lefkow, 64, and her mother, Donna Humphrey, 89, in their North Side basement Feb. 28. Police recovered a GPS mapping system from Ross' van after he shot himself in the head last Wednesday.

The device contained the address of the Lefkows' home in the 5200 block of North Lakewood, the addresses of a Cook County judge living in Glencoe and a doctor living in Northbrook, sources said.
The Sun-Times seem to think it is important that nutjob used GPS to find her address. While it may be interesting (not really), I don't see how it is any different that using MapQuest or an old fashioned map. He didn't "track" her with a GPS transmitter hidden in her car. He simply used it to get directions to a place he already knew existed.

Watch, some politician will propose "Michael's Law" of "Joan's Law" in honor of the victims to ban GPS or some such nonsense. Meanwhile, they'll miss the larger issue of Judicial safety and how to address issues of mental health in a free society.