Mass DNA screening to begin in UK

by jeeg 17. February 2015 19:31
  Detectives in the UK are expecting thousands of men to take part in mass DNA screening in the hope of solving the murder of grandmother Valerie Graves. Men aged 17 and over began attending the voluntary sessions at the Millstream hotel in Bosham, West Sussex, at 9am on Wednesday, more tha... [More]

Seizing DNA In Vermont

by jeeg 11. February 2015 01:14
  Say this for the Vermont Legislature: Sometimes it just won’t take “no” for an answer, even when it should know better. In 2009, the Legislature passed a law extending the requirement to provide DNA samples from only those convicted of felonies to those merely charged wi... [More]

DNA deal reached in Christa Worthington murder case

by jeeg 7. May 2014 22:15
  State police will destroy electronic data containing the profile of a former Provincetown man's DNA that was collected during a highly publicized murder investigation, according to a settlement reached in Suffolk Superior Court. Keith Amato filed suit in 2008 alleging that the state polic... [More]

DNA sample concerns spur new police system

by jeeg 3. December 2013 21:34
A family’s complaint that San Diego police illegally collected DNA samples from them has prompted the department to create a new system. Officials have devised a consent form to be signed by any member of the public not under arrest who agrees to let police take a DNA sample. The idea,... [More]

Drivers pulled over, asked for DNA and blood samples by federal contractors

by jeeg 20. November 2013 23:12
  Drivers in North Fort Worth, Texas, are being pulled over at a police roadblock and asked for saliva, blood and breath samples. They are offered $10 for a cheek-swab DNA sample, $50 for a blood sample, and nothing for a breath sample — since passive alcohol sensors gather that info... [More]

Proposal to DNA-test migrant workers panned in Thailand

by jeeg 29. October 2013 00:53
Prompted by concerns over the ease with which foreigners will be able to travel in and out of the country once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) commences in 2015, the Institute for Forensic Medicine is calling on the government to collect the DNA of all migrant workers entering the country, ... [More]

More DNA Samples, More Debate

by jeeg 23. September 2013 20:47
Law-enforcement agencies in many places routinely take DNA samples from people convicted of murder and other violent crimes. But here in Orange County, officials also are taking samples from people charged with minor offenses such as shoplifting and drug possession, in exchange for agreeing to... [More]

The Fallibility of DNA

by jeeg 2. August 2013 22:50
The myth of DNA infallibility has another dimension: when the government warehouses DNA samples on a large scale (as we do in California), we increase the chances that innocent citizens might be arrested, jailed and charged with capital murder, even when they are completely innocent. If in th... [More]

Court’s DNA Ruling Brings U.S. a Step Closer to ’Gattaca’

by jeeg 4. June 2013 00:20
  The day that DNA cheek swabs officially became the new fingerprints deserves to be marked and remembered -- and not just because of the inevitable march of technology. No, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 holding today in Maryland v. King, that anyone arrested for a “serious crime&r... [More]

In a close 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court comes out on the wrong side of history allowing taking of DNA upon arrest

by jeeg 3. June 2013 20:47
Routine DNA Testing After Arrest Upheld by Top U.S. Court States can routinely collect DNA samples from people who are arrested for a serious crime, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled, limiting privacy rights and giving police a powerful investigative tool for solving old crimes.   The... [More]
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