In 1983, Barry Beach was arrested in Louisiana for contributing to the delinquency of a minor—his stepsister, whom Beach took in after she ran away. Detectives interrogated him for three days, until he confessed to the 1979 murder of high school classmate Kim Nees and to the murder of Louisiana woman Kathy Wharton. A judge threw out the Wharton confession when it was contradicted by physical evidence, and the same detectives subsequently extracted false confessions to the Wharton murder from two other men. On the strength of his confession to the Nees murder, which Beach denies, a Montana judge found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to 100 years. In 2011, after nearly 30 years in prison, another judge granted him a retrial, and Beach was released. Two weeks ago, the Montana Supreme Court overruled that judge and returned Beach to prison without his trial, after he had been free for a year and a half. You can read about the whole sordid affair in my Indy column, which is what you get instead of a blog today. Come on, summer hours.