It may be constitutional but Utah lawmakers aren’t rushing to expand DNA collection from those suspected — but not convicted — of committing a crime.
The Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on Wednesday balked at giving its stamp of approval to a draft bill that would require collection of DNA swabs at the time of arrest from anyone booked on suspicion of a class A misdemeanor or felony.
…All 50 states and the federal government take samples of DNA from anyone convicted of a felony. But in recent years, many states have passed laws allowing police to take DNA samples at arrest – before a suspect is charged with a crime, much less found guilty – and enter them into state-level databases along with the national DNA database run by the FBI…
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would expand the authority of police in Pennsylvania to take DNA samples from many suspects before they are convicted of crimes won approval from a key legislative panel Tuesday.
The House Judiciary Committee approved it, 23-2, but only after making changes to reflect criticism that the proposed DNA sampling would be too broad and invasive.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 822, the Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill reauthorizes several important forensic DNA programs, most notably the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act which provides vital funding for public crime laboratories throughout the country. However, if the bill does not become law in the next few months, funding for the program could lapse – resulting in an explosion of backlogged DNA cases at crime laboratories throughout the country, including those of untested rape kits.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL Greg Smith was slapped down by the Premier after he took a proposal to cabinet to make it easier for child-sex offenders to get off on appeal through DNA evidence.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the DNA profiles of four unknown suspects last week in rape cases first reported in 1993.
SEATTLE — A man who raped an 80-year-old Kirkland woman was caught after a DNA match out of California tied him to the crime and he was later sentenced to 22 years in prison.
When Jessica Foord was gang raped in 2008 in KwaZulu-Natal while she and her father were walking their dogs, her worst nightmare was just beginning. Presenting her story at public hearings on the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill, Jessica told of the rape and how what happened to her afterwards made her ordeal far worse, as Kanyisa Ndondya reports.