The Flaws of Familial DNA Matching

by jeeg 21. August 2013 22:06
It’s always been true that a family member’s guilty conscience could be a criminal’s ultimate downfall. Now, thanks to familial DNA matching, a brother or sister can be a snitch without ever saying a word. But what about that criminal’s cousin? Half-cousin? Third cousin... [More]

Privacy fear for DNA dragnet in New Zealand

by jeeg 21. January 2013 21:35
A district court judge who is a world expert in forensic DNA has called for a public debate on the use of familial DNA testing, as police reveal they have now used the "last resort" method 38 times.     Judge Arthur Tompkins, an honorary member of Interpol's DNA monitoring expert ... [More]

Police urged to DNA test EVERY man in Bristol

by jeeg 10. January 2011 20:29
An MP has called on police to DNA test every man in Bristol in a bid to track down the killer of Joanna Yeates in what could be the biggest ever screening carried out by British police. Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, wants swabs to be taken from the entire male population - aroun... [More]

Grim Sleeper Case Doesn't Justify Expanding the Reach of DNA Databases

by jeeg 17. July 2010 16:01
Last week, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers arrested a suspect they believe is the elusive "Grim Sleeper" serial killer responsible for 11 murders across South Los Angeles, dating as far back as 1985. The arrest made national news, in part because the LAPD broke the case by using ... [More]

The Grim Sleeper and DNA: There's much to be concerned about

by jeeg 13. July 2010 05:24
DNA evidence was undeniably the key to the arrest and charging of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., believed to be the Grim Sleeper responsible for a string of slayings in Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007. Many will cite this use of DNA evidence in a high-profile serial murder case as one more reaso... [More]

DNA crime-fighting tools can help crack cases, but authorities must put proper procedures in place.

by jeeg 11. July 2010 00:01
   It was an unfinished slice of pizza that led to the identification ofLonnie David Franklin Jr. as the prime suspect in the Grim Sleepermurder investigation. But the pizza was just the final clue leading tohis arrest.The key break in the investigation, intermittently conducted over 25ye... [More]

‘Grim Sleeper’ Arrest Fans Debate on DNA Use

by jeeg 10. July 2010 07:13
The arrest in the case of the “Grim Sleeper” — a serial killer who terrorized South Los Angeles for two decades — has put one of the hottest controversies in American law enforcement to its first major test. Only two states, Colorado and California, have a codified po... [More]
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