Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Ottawa police chief echoes calls DNA collection

DNA dataOTTAWA – Ottawa’s top cop supports a change that would allow police to collect DNA samples from suspects upon their arrest.
“I think it’s an opportunity to modernize the way we collect evidence and to be more inclusive, and broaden the type of offences that DNA is currently being collected for,” said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Sex offender DNA sampling, how the process works

Montana DOJMISSOULA – Several new laws will be going into effect start October 1st, and one of them requires out of state sex offenders to provide a DNA sample.

California court will reconsider law enforcement DNA collection technique

Scales of JusticeA California federal appeals court will decide whether law enforcement can collect DNA samples from swabbing the mouth of a person who has been arrested.

Can DNA collected off feminine hygiene product be used in court?

DNA and justiceLAWRENCEVILLE, 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.

Court rejects ex-prisoner’s DNA sample challenge

MitoAn ex-prisoner has lost a legal challenge at the High Court against a request by police for him to provide DNA samples.
The man, known as R, had argued that the request infringed his human rights.

Pakistani Clerics Reportedly Reverse Course On DNA Evidence In Rape Cases

PakistanRape 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.

DNA act in the offing

blue purple helixBangladesh-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.

Debbie Smith met with TX US Senator John Cornyn to discuss Debbie Smith Act

RobandDebbieWASHINGTON – 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.

Katie’s Law Results in New Mexico’s 500th DNA Match

Helix6ANTA FE ─ Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico.

State Crime Lab Backups Causing Local Issues

AnalystState College-Center County- Imagine being the victim of a violent crime and the criminal is still out on the streets, all because DNA results aren’t back from the crime lab.

Is Arrestee DNA Collection Cost-Effective?

DNA and justiceThe 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.

Md. public defenders weighing appeals in DNA cases

Justice and DNAANNAPOLIS, 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.

South Africa: Name – Vanessa Lynch. Project: CSI:SA

DNA and justiceWhen 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.

Lindsey’s Law elusive for ‘remarkable’ mother

Lindsey Nicholls CaseA 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.

The United States Has a Huge Backlog of Untested DNA Evidence

fingerprintSupreme 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.