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Category Archives: DNA Legislation
LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – After more than a decade the woman accused of killing and then tossing the bodies of her newborn twins down a trash chute will once again face a judge. During Thursday’s suppression hearing, the court will decide if the evidence against Darnesha Paulita Berry will be allowed at trial.
Rape cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in Pakistan. Under current law, victims must produce four witnesses — all male, adult, and pious — to bring rape allegations to trial. Forensic evidence, such as DNA samples, is considered only circumstantial.
Bangladesh-The government is preparing a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) act, 2013 with a section allowing the forced collection of samples from non-cooperative individuals for DNA profiling, albeit after a court order.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today met with crime victims’ advocate and rape survivor Debbie Smith and her husband Rob and discussed implementation of the SAFER Act and further ways to protect the rights of victims of violent crimes.
The implementation of state laws expanding DNA collection to include arrestees has caused significant administrative and analytical burdens on state laboratories and collecting agencies, according to a STUDY by the non-profit Urban Institute.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is seriously considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving rape convictions where DNA analysts’ reports were used but the analysts themselves never testified.
When Vanessa Lynch’s father was brutally murdered in Johannesburg in 2004, she made it her mission to help educate South Africa about the vital role that DNA evidence can play in helping to convict criminals. Nine years on, her DNA Project campaign has just taken a major step forward.
A Teddy Bear Picnic Friday at Port Augusta Park was intended to raise awareness of the file — which remains active at the Comox Valley RCMP detachment — and of DNA legislation in the works dubbed Lindsey’s Law. The latter is hoped to become the framework for a national missing persons’ DNA databank.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito called it “the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades.” But for now, the Court’s decision in the Maryland v. King case—regarding whether police can swab your cheeks for DNA during booking—may be functionally irrelevant. The nation doesn’t have a genetic-processing apparatus in place to deal with the current overload of DNA samples. There’s a massive backlog of biological evidence in crime labs, and efforts to combat that backlog in recent years have failed.