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Category Archives: DNA Legislation
Pointing 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.
New 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)
Representatives 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.
Arkansas- 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.
DNA 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
Canada’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.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma House has approved a bill allowing Oklahoma district attorneys to collect DNA samples for the state’s offender database from defendants who aren’t sentenced to prison.
A top state judge will allow the use of new computer-assisted DNA technology in the murder trial of a career criminal accused of strangling a 41-year-old mentally ill man during a robbery nearly five years ago.
RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) – A bill that would expand Virginia’s DNA database unanimously passed in the state Senate Monday.
Senator Mark Obenshain’s proposal, Senate Bill 1187, would allow police to collect samples from criminals convicted of serious misdemeanors. Right now, the state primarily stores samples from felons.
BALTIMORE — A man convicted of raping his former roommate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the conviction and his 100-year-prison sentence.
In papers filed Tuesday with the high court, Glenn Raynor says Maryland State Police violated his rights by testing DNA in his sweat, which was collected from a chair he had been sitting in during a voluntary interview at a police barracks.
A 2005 rape at IUPUI may lead to a change in Indiana’s statute of limitations.
Last year, a former teaching assistant at IUPUI walked into the Marion County sheriff’s office and confessed to a sexual assault eight years earlier. But prosecutors couldn’t charge him, because it was three years past the time limit for bringing charges.