Serial rapist loses fight to get convictions overturned

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A serial rapist who targeted school girls in Albuquerque decades ago has lost his fight to get his convictions overturned. 

Joseph Blea attacked middle school girls as they walked home from school in the 80s and 90s. 

The crimes went unsolved until 2010 when DNA linked Blea to the crimes. 

He was sentenced to 90 years in prison, but Blea appealed his conviction arguing that DNA match, made possible by Katie’s law, violated his fourth amendment right to unreasonable searches. 

The law named after murdered New Mexico State University student Katie Sepich, requires DNA to be collected form anyone arrested for certain violent crimes. 

In Blea’s case, it was a 2008 domestic violence case involving his wife, but the New Mexico Court of Appeals has once again upheld Katie’s law under the New Mexico constitution. According to the court, the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that it is constitutional. 

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