'All crimes' registry? Not yet

by jeeg 16. January 2012 20:23
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants an "all crimes" DNA database for New York. That would authorize the police to take a DNA sample from every person convicted of any crime in our state, no matter how small. The governor should rethink this radical proposal. Evidence shows that when it comes to DNA ... [More]

Justice and Prosecutorial Misconduct

by jeeg 30. December 2011 00:54
  Michael Morton was exonerated by DNA evidence this month after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and serving nearly 25 years in prison in Texas. In seeking to prove Mr. Morton’s innocence, his lawyers found in recently unsealed court records evidence that the p... [More]

Forensic DNA Could Make Criminal Justice Less Fair

by jeeg 10. October 2011 20:24
Forensic DNA databases are a potentially powerful law enforcement tool, but may disproportionately target poor and dark-skinned wrongdoers, biotechnologically magnifying flaws in criminal justice systems. “Forensic DNA databases are growing to mirror racial disparities in arrest practic... [More]

As Amanda Knox walks free, now DNA evidence is on trial

by jeeg 4. October 2011 22:41
The sensational acquittal of Amanda Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito should serve as a warning to prosecutors the world over who rely on hi-tech DNA evidence to make their case: be careful what you wish for.  Because it is clear that DNA, the very stuff of life, does not alw... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine on the Global Human Rights Challenges of Forensic DNA

by jeeg 3. October 2011 20:39
DNA testing was initially introduced into the criminal justice system on a case by case basis as a method of developing supplemental evidence to be used in convicting those guilty of committing violent felonies.  Over just a short time, however, the balance between the legitimate needs of... [More]

Experts highlight more than 50 errors in how DNA evidence was collected to convict Amanda Knox

by jeeg 1. August 2011 22:59
PROSECUTORS at Amanda Knox's appeal battled it out yesterday, with independent forensic experts saying some of the DNA evidence used to convict the American of murdering her British roommate was unreliable and possibly contaminated. Italian prosecutor Manuela Comodi sought to undermine the ex... [More]

Drug war bodies expose flaws in Mexican forensics

by jeeg 6. July 2011 18:45
Alejandro Espinoza knew his brother and nephew were dead when he saw the photo in the newspaper, their bloodied bodies slumped in a pile of 72 migrants massacred in northern Mexico by the Zetas drug gang. But his pain was only made worse when Mexican investigators shipped the wrong body home ... [More]

DNA evidence in Amanda Knox trial 'may have been contaminated'

by jeeg 30. June 2011 20:28
Some of the DNA traces used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murdering Briton Meredith Kercher may have been contaminated, independent experts say.     The review by two court- appointed experts was requested by the defence and has been eagerly awaited. Its conclusions c... [More]

Global Forum To Build DNA Database Of Somali Pirates By 2012

by jeeg 29. June 2011 21:12
The international forum tasked with countering piracy off the coast of Somalia, plans to set up a DNA database of pirates by the end of next year, as part of its efforts to cut off illicit funds that finance pirates.   To effectively disrupt the flow of illegal funds that finance pirate... [More]

Knesset c’tees pass bills allowing wider criminal database

by jeeg 22. June 2011 22:35
Two bills allowing Israel police to build and expand use of identifying details in criminal investigations passed through Knesset committees this week.The Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers recommended on Wednesday that the police should keep records of migrants so they can be identified in ... [More]
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