Category Archives: DNA Legislation

State requires DNA tests, but who pays what?

DNA CollectorSTEVENS POINT – People found guilty of crimes in Wisconsin must pay to have their DNA collected — but ambiguous wording in the law may mean they’re not all paying the same amount.

Minnesota county plans restarting DNA collection for some defendants

DNA in a test tubeA county south of the Twin Cities says it is planning to restart the collection of DNA samples from people arrested and charged with violent crimes.

Debate over DNA testing delaying fate of Texas killer

Charles and Sandy TrotterCharles and Sandy Trotter, parents of 19-year-old college student who was raped and murdered in1999. Larry Ray Swearingen was convicted in July 2000 of the capital murder of Melissa Trotter. Swearingen has been sitting on death row, during constant appeals, and battles with Innocence project. The latest DNA question has led to new law in Austin on subject. Meanwhile the family of the victim wait for justice. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Bill restores DNA collection for some California criminals

Lab TechnicianSACRAMENTO (AP) – The California Assembly approved legislation allowing law enforcement to once again take DNA samples from criminals convicted of crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors.

Washington to save sex-offender DNA

Justice and DNAOLYMPIA – DNA collected in any felony case charged as a violent or sex offense will now be preserved through the length of the offender’s sentence, including post-prison community custody, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Senate OKs post-conviction preservation of DNA

helix2OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Senate has passed a bill that would require DNA collected in any felony case charged as a violent or sex offense to be preserved through the length of the offender’s sentence, including post-prison community custody.

Speaker Madigan wants $6 million increase to speed up testing of rape kits

MadiganThe day after his daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, announced the formation of a statewide felony sex crime task force, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Wednesday he will push for a $6 million increase in funding to state and local crime labs that handle rape cases.

Ohio legislation would extend statute of limitations on rape cases amid ongoing DNA testing

old DNACOLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s 20-year statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases could be extended under legislation in the House and Senate.

Bill would require post-conviction preservation of DNA

swabOLYMPIA, Wash. – DNA evidence can be the turning point for a post-conviction appeal, but whether or not it still exists years later is often no guarantee.

Biden calls rape kit testing ‘absolute priority’

BidenPointing to the existence of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country, Vice President Joe Biden told advocates in Baltimore County on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to increasing funding to help clear a backlog that has left victims waiting for justice.

Victims’ mothers support DNA swabs for felony suspects

Sepich and WalkerNew Mexico mother Jayann Sepich recently says in St. Paul that her daughter’s killer could have been caught much quicker had DNA been taken from felony suspects. Next to her is Linda Walker, mother of Dru Sjodin, a Minnesota girl killed in 2003. With them are Minnesota Sens. Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point and Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria, who have a bill to require DNA swabs from felony suspects. (Senate Media Services photo by A.J. Olmscheid)

Bill Introduced to Overhaul Oregon’s Post-Conviction DNA Testing Law

blue helix2Representatives in Salem introduced a bill this week that re-writes Oregon’s post-conviction DNA testing law.
Oregon, like most states, allows people who say they have been wrongfully convicted to request DNA testing of evidence that might prove their innocence.

Wider DNA collection passes in House panel

Ark legislatureArkansas- Lawmakers on Thursday moved forward an effort to expand the types of suspects who must submit DNA samples to law enforcement. They also pushed to expand rights for gun owners at polling places.

Qatar moves to allow DNA evidence in court

Blood CardDNA evidence could be admissible in Qatari courts for the time, after the government approved a draft law that specifies ways in which samples can be used.
The draft bill on DNA – which was approved by cabinet last Wednesday, according to the state news agency – stipulates how DNA tests should be carried out, how DNA data should be kept and under what confidentiality clauses, and considers DNA evidence “to be authoritative in evidence unless proven otherwise”.

Planned Canadian DNA data bank will fall short of gold standard as tool in search for missing indigenous women

anonymous deadCanada’s much-anticipated DNA data bank for linking missing persons with unidentified remains has been heralded as a powerful new tool to identify the nameless and help put killers behind bars. The Conservative government has also touted the data bank as a way to bring some closure to families of missing aboriginal women whose loved ones may, in fact, be dead – their unclaimed remains buried in unmarked graves or stored at coroners’ offices in cardboard boxes.