DNA tests cannot distinguish identical twins on rape charge

by jeeg 20. August 2013 22:42
Prosecutors charged both Mohammed and Aftab Asghar but said it may be "that only one of the defendants faces trial." The pair, aged 22, were expected to enter pleas when they appeared alongside each other in the dock at Reading Crown Court, Berks. But police and the Crown Prosecuti... [More]

Some Worry Over a Law to Increase DNA Testing

by jeeg 19. August 2013 22:05
In some Texas counties, it takes six months or longer to get DNA test results from the Department of Public Safety, says William Lee Hon, the Polk County criminal district attorney. Now, Mr. Hon and other prosecutors fear that come Sept. 1, when a new law takes effect requiring DNA analysis ... [More]

Leicester forensic experts create UK’s first cat DNA database

by jeeg 19. August 2013 21:50
University of Leicester forensic scientists have created the UK’s first cat DNA database – which has already helped convict a killer. Experts in the University’s Department of Genetics have compiled a database of DNA from 152 cats around the country. The database was used t... [More]

Forensic Familial Search Methods Carry Risk of Certain False Matches

by jeeg 15. August 2013 21:17
Forensic DNA-based familial search methods may mistakenly identify individuals in a database as siblings or parents of an unknown perpetrator, when in fact they are distant relatives, according to research published August 14 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Rori Rohlfs and colleagues fr... [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]

Britain will no longer support is the DNA-sharing process known as the Prüm decision

by jeeg 10. July 2013 23:12
Britain is to join forces with like-minded EU member states to try to reform the European arrest warrant after the coalition agreed after lengthy negotiations to maintain British involvement with the controversial measure. Theresa May, the home secretary, will announce in a statement to MPs on ... [More]

How innocent man's DNA was found at killing scene

by jeeg 8. July 2013 23:14
When a San Jose man charged with murdering a Monte Sereno millionaire was suddenly freed last month, prosecutors acknowledged he had an airtight alibi - he was drunk and unconscious at a hospital when the victim was killed in his mansion miles away. But a mystery remained: How did the DN... [More]

DNA proposals in South Africa ‘violate rights of the innocent’

by jeeg 13. June 2013 21:17
Latest version of law to create DNA database criticised for having provisions that violate human rights of innocent persons WHILE the latest version of a law to create a DNA database has been welcomed as an improvement on the 2009 version, it has been criticised for having provisions that v... [More]

Cited by a Justice, but Feeling Less Than Honored

by jeeg 11. June 2013 23:36
Authors usually like it when the Supreme Court cites their work. But a reference to a book in an opinion last week is drawing mixed reviews. The case, Maryland v. King, was about whether the authorities may take DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes. Justice Anth... [More]

CRG Statement: Supreme Court Ruling Fails to Protect the Privacy of Americans' DNA

by jeeg 4. June 2013 19:03
The US Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Maryland’s law allowing law enforcement to collect DNA upon arrest and prior to conviction fails to protect the privacy of Americans’ DNA and is a serious blow to human rights in the United States. In Maryland v King the Court has no... [More]
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