New DNA analysis could provide complete description of a suspect

by jeeg 4. November 2014 21:57
  When DNA evidence began appearing in U.S. courtrooms in the late 1980s, it was heralded as the greatest leap forward in criminal investigation since fingerprinting. In the following decades, its analysis has helped identify and incarcerate the guilty as well as exonerate and free the innoc... [More]

DNA and Privacy in Vermont

by jeeg 18. July 2014 18:26
  The intersection of technology and law has been the scene of numerous collisions in recent years, and often it has been unclear which had the better claim to the right of way. A sharply divided Vermont Supreme Court decided just such a case last week, ruling that the routine collection of ... [More]

Vermont court rules no DNA collection until conviction

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:42
The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled in favor of more than 100 alleged offenders. The case dealt with the collection of their DNA and a suspect's right to keep their genetic material private prior to conviction. The ruling won't overturn any convictions because the practice of collecting a suspect... [More]

DNA transference under scrutiny in criminal prosecutions

by jeeg 3. July 2014 19:30
  When DNA comes up in a criminal investigation, people listen. DNA is “the gold standard” of forensic science, nearly beyond question when it comes to a criminal conviction or exoneration. Many believe the identifying power of DNA is infallible and, as a result, treat it as an a... [More]

Genetics In Court Is a Very Messy Business

by jeeg 5. June 2014 20:21
Courts may soon face the challenge of determining whether genetics can be linked to criminal behavior The “my genes made me do it” defense is not solely reserved for Law and Order SVU. At least, not for long.  As science continues to tell us more and more about gen... [More]

Over-sampling DNA in Rhode Island

by jeeg 2. June 2014 19:33
  A bill before the Rhode Island General Assembly would give law enforcement sweeping new powers to collect DNA from people placed under arrest. The legislature should refine this measure, which both overreaches and provides insufficient safeguards for the innocent. The proposed measure, re... [More]

Wisconsin turns to controversial familial DNA testing to solve old murders, rapes

by jeeg 9. May 2014 21:25
  Wisconsin has joined a handful of states in allowing familial DNA testing — a powerful but debatable procedure — to identify suspects in murders and sexual assaults. “We’re getting to the point where we will start offering this,” said Brian O’Keefe, adm... [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 swab kits to help NY bus drivers bust spitters

by jeeg 23. April 2014 23:53
  The MTA is about to get a little more CSI. City bus drivers will soon be armed with DNA swabs to gather evidence in the all-too-common event of an unhinged passenger spitting on them. Transit workers catch a loogie 14 times a month, the MTA estimated in 2011. The swab kits will be distr... [More]

New law limits DNA collection in Idaho

by jeeg 9. April 2014 16:15
In a legislative session filled with controversy and tension, one bill made it through the legislature without one dissenting vote. Senate Bill 1240a, written by Republican Senator Jim Rice, Democrat Senator Elliot Werk, and Republican Representative Lynn Luker, aims to protect Idahoans' privacy by... [More]
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