Maryland misdirected in DNA emphasis, public defender says

by jeeg 4. May 2012 23:35
The state has overemphasized collecting DNA samples from those arrested for crimes of violence to solve cases while not putting enough resources into gathering forensic evidence at crime scenes, according to an official with the Maryland Public Defender’s Office. State officials are mak... [More]

New UK Protection of Freedoms Act outlines rules for DNA retention

by jeeg 4. May 2012 20:25
A new law governing the gathering and retention of data including biometric and DNA information has come into force in the UK.   Under the Protection of Freedoms (PoF) Act, which received Royal Assent on 1 May, police will have to destroy DNA and fingerprint data if it is deemed to have... [More]

Md. high court strikes down DNA collection at arrest

by jeeg 26. April 2012 21:11
Maryland's highest court on Tuesday blocked police in most cases from collecting DNA samples when they arrest suspects in violent crimes and burglaries, dealing a blow to one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature initiatives. The Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 that the state violated Alonzo Jay Kin... [More]

Court OKs Taking DNA From Felony Arrestees

by jeeg 24. February 2012 19:06
A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a voter-approved measure requiring California authorities to take a DNA sample from every adult arrested on felony accusations in the Golden State. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the challenge in hopes of striking down the measur... [More]

DNA: Law requiring arrestees' samples struck down

by jeeg 8. August 2011 23:31
A voter-approved California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony violates the constitutional privacy rights of people who have not been charged with or convicted of a crime, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The law expanded previous statutes tha... [More]
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