Category Archives: DNA

E.D.Tex.: Driver’s arrest justified impoundment and inventory under dept’s policy

“In this case, Defendant, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, had been arrested. It was likely the vehicle would be unattended for an extended period of time. Per department policy, the arresting officers caused the vehicle to be … Continue reading

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Wired: What the Golden State Killer Tells Us About Forensic Genetics

Wired: What the Golden State Killer Tells Us About Forensic Genetics:

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NYT: Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

NYT: Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder by Heather Murphy: The Golden State Killer case was just the start. Hundreds of cold cases are hot again thanks to a new genealogy technique. The price … Continue reading

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Business Week: A Researcher Needed Three Hours to Identify Me From My DNA

Business Week: A Researcher Needed Three Hours to Identify Me From My DNA by Kristen V Brown: Using just my DNA, a genealogist was able to identify me in three and a half hours. It wasn’t hard. I’d previously sent … Continue reading

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Lexology: Has Investigative Genealogy Become the Wild, Wild West?

Lexology: Has Investigative Genealogy Become the Wild, Wild West? by Kathleen E. Dion

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MA: There were objectively PC and exigency for a warrantless search of def’s hands for DNA from a homicide

There was objective probable cause for a warrantless search of defendant’s hands for potential DNA in a murder case because it was easily destructible. There was also sufficient probable cause for a search warrant for his apartment for further evidence … Continue reading

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Slate: The U.S. May Soon Have a De Facto National DNA Database

Slate: The U.S. May Soon Have a De Facto National DNA Database by Natalie Ram We need to close the loopholes that allow law enforcement to take advantage of consumer genetics.

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DE: No error in order denying production of a DNA warrant in an unrelated case without showing any relevance

There was no abuse of discretion in the trial court refusing to make the state produce a DNA affidavit and search warrant in another case not shown to be relevant here. White v. StateWhite v. StateWhite v. State, 2019 Del. … Continue reading

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Law.com: What’s Next for DNA Privacy: Catching Killers, Ancestry Sites and the Fourth Amendment

Law.com: What’s Next for DNA Privacy: Catching Killers, Ancestry Sites and the Fourth Amendment by Vanessa Blum: A Q&A with Marcia Hofmann of Zeitgeist Law on Fourth Amendment protections, insurance considerations and other legal questions that arise when companies control … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Def has no standing to challenge SW for another person’s Facebook account

Defendant was charged with drug dealing and the overdose death of A.C. He has no standing to challenge the search warrant for A.C.’s Facebook account. United States v. Brewer, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 220055 (E.D. Mo. Dec. 18, 2018). Despite … Continue reading

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WaPo: Police seeking DNA of male staff at health-care facility where woman in vegetative state gave birth

WaPo: Police seeking DNA of male staff at health-care facility where woman in vegetative state gave birth by Herman Wong and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: Police investigators are seeking DNA samples from male staff members at a private care facility … Continue reading

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OH: Request for consent for a DNA swab is not an interrogation.

A request for consent for a DNA swab is not an interrogation. “By making this request, Weinhardt was asking Tench to consent to a search. But ‘a request to search does not amount to interrogation.’ United States v. Smith, 3 … Continue reading

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