Category Archives: DNA Legislation

N.Y.’s Top Court Raises Bar for DNA Evidence

Helix4MANHATTAN (CN) — Although DNA testing gave less than one-in-a-trillion odds that police collared the wrong gun suspect, it was “science fiction” for prosecutors to try to admit this evidence without testimony from the analyst who conducted it, New York’s Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Kuwait Becomes First Country To Collect DNA Samples From All Citizens And Visitors: Report

KuwaitKuwait is set to become the first country in the world to require all its citizens, visitors and expatriates to provide DNA samples for the government’s database, according to a report.
In July 2015, the Kuwaiti government passed the DNA testing law, which is set to go into effect later this year, according to the Kuwait Times. The DNA samples of at least 3.3 million people—gotten from saliva or few drops of blood—will be stored in a lab at the General Department of Criminal Evidence in Dajeej, a suburb about 12 miles south of Kuwait City.

Idaho bill to create rape evidence tracking system heads to governor

Forensics labBOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers signed off on a statewide system for collecting and tracking DNA evidence of sexual assault Tuesday, despite objections from a rural sheriff who said they should stay out of it because many rape accusations are false.

Idaho committee unanimously backs rape kit legislation

sexual assault kitsBOISE, Idaho (AP) -Idaho lawmakers are supporting a bill that would create a statewide system of collecting and tracking the physical evidence in sexual assault investigations.
The measure ensures that medical clinics will use rape kits to collect forensic evidence after a suspected sexual assault and will have that evidence sent for DNA testing unless the victim requests otherwise.

Pared down bill would limit law enforcement DNA sample collection

(Harrisburg) — The state House has scaled back a measure that aims to redefine how law enforcement could use DNA samples in Pennsylvania.

Katie’s Law- Ten Years Later

Jayann Sepich1It has been 10 years since New Mexico passed the original version of Katie’s Law, and Jayann Sepich, the mother whose fight for justice has moved on to the national and even international level, feels re-energized about her effort.

Bill Introduced in the Senate to Allow Rapid DNA Testing to be Performed by Law Enforcement Officials

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rapid DNA Act of 2015, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Co-Sponsors to the bill include Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY). This bill is to establish a system for the integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement and coincides with similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bill would expand law for DNA testing for voyeurism, public indecency

Forensic Scientist2OHIO-A new bill that would require DNA testing for misdemeanor convictions of voyeurism, public indecency, procuring, soliciting, loitering to engage in soliciting and prostitution has been referred to a committee.
House Bill 283, sponsored by Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, would expand state law that currently requires an individual who commits a felony violation of voyeurism, public indecency, procuring or soliciting to provide a DNA specimen.

Bill would set rules for DNA evidence processing

FDLE Assault KitA proposed bill filed by a Northeast Florida state representative in September would require the submission of DNA evidence in a sexual assault investigation to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement within 21 days of collection.

Advances In Dna Testing Could Put Thousands Of Texas Cases In Legal Limbo

helix jailbarsFive days after a Houston woman was raped by two men, she was driving down the street when she spotted 16-year-old Josiah Sutton. She thought she recognized his hat, and then immediately identified him as one of her attackers. Claiming his innocence, Sutton obligingly provided investigators blood and saliva samples — but months later, in July 1999, that DNA evidence would be the linchpin in his conviction.

OSBI: Collecting DNA At Time Of Arrest Could Help Solve Crimes

helix9OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) is working with lawmakers to allow DNA samples to be taken upon the arrest of an alleged criminal. Currently, fingerprints and photos are taken of arrestees during booking. And only convicted felons are swabbed for DNA.

Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

Arrestee formLawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges.
Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony.
Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for the 2015 session that included this idea. The bill did not advance but ended up as a study committee. The bill would have required every person arrested for a felony after June 30, 2015 to undergo a cheek swab to collect a DNA sample. The bill specified that the sample would be expunged if the person was acquitted of all felony charges, all felony charges were dismissed or no charges were filed after 30 days.
Bauer authored the bill after his wife met a woman named Jayann Sepich.

Efforts to pass DNA collection laws still being pursued by family

helix 10CARLSBAD- Ten years after the Sepich family began work to make Katie’s Law a national effort, there is still a lot to be done.
“There are 28 states now taking DNA before a conviction,” said Jayann Sepich, a Carlsbad resident. “Twenty-two still don’t have anything. We’re still working on that.”

New Bill Proposes Collection of Samples From Private Parts for DNA Profiling

Laboratory SamplesHYDERABABD: The Union Government has proposed to allow collection of samples from private parts of human body for DNA profiling and data preservation with the approval of a regulatory body, as per the draft Human DNA Profiling Bill.

Court ruling allows DNA to be used in future cases

DNA Human GenomeDNA collected during police investigations can be used indefinitely to find potential matches at crime scenes under a court ruling being hailed by law enforcement but criticized by defense attorneys who fear government overreach.