Four months ago, the department determined that several thousand DNA samples had been missed, prompting intense outreach and collection procedures and an independent investigation into the cause of the lapse. Since then, the department has collected more than 5,000 of the missing DNA samples – nearly 80 percent of the collections initially identified as missing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared ready last year to strike down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy a controversial California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from every person arrested in the state.
Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold Maryland’s similar — but narrower — law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then ordered lawyers on both sides to refashion their legal arguments in light of the high court ruling.
On Monday, a specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in San Francisco.
Plumstead could become the lead municipality in an effort to create a regional DNA database in Central Bucks County.
Butte County is one of eight California counties that offers a new service that will process and analyze DNA evidence in sexual assault cases within 15 days, rather than taking months or years.
The program began Wednesday in the emergency departments of Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Oroville Hospital and Feather River Hospital in Paradise.
Belgium needs a universal DNA database to fight crime with samples to be taken from every newborn baby or foreigner who enters the country, a senior Belgian justice official has said.
In August 2003, Jayann Sepich lived every parent’s worst nightmare: Her 22-year-old daughter Katie had been murdered. The MBA student at the University of New Mexico was brutally raped, sodomized and strangled. Her body was set on fire. Target shooters found her partially clothed corpse at an abandoned dump site.
INTERPOL is to expand its ability to assist member countries to identify missing persons, victims of disasters and other complex identifications using DNA comparison.
INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told the 7th INTERPOL International DNA User’s Conference for Investigative Officers, meeting at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon this week (6 – 8 November), that the world police body is to work with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) which has created the ‘Bonaparte’ software designed for quick and reliable human identification.
Sexual assault investigators often rely on DNA evidence from victim exam kits to aid in identifying suspects and solving cases.
However, local investigators don’t send exam kits from every case to the state Crime Lab to be tested because of concerns about overloading lab staff. Local departments typically submit exam kits to the Crime Lab only if a suspect is charged, or if the victim does not know the offender.
Georgia’s DNA database, the second-largest in the Southeast, reached more than 3,500 hits to unsolved cases last month. That total trails South Carolina, Florida and Alabama, where forensic scientists are making more matches and aiding more criminal investigations than the Peach State, records show.
SEVERAL TDs have expressed concern over the Criminal Justice Bill making its way through the Dail.
The bill proposes to create an Irish DNA database to help identify repeat criminals and find missing people.