Category Archives: DNA

LA2: Reasonable possibility respondent was father was enough to order DNA test in face of 4A objection

Respondent was the subject of a petition to establish paternity, and he claimed that the statute to order DNA testing required the Fourth Amendment be complied with. “Here, Rogers argues that in order to prove a reasonable possibility of paternity, … Continue reading

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OK: Def counsel not constitutionally required to be notified of DNA SW after prosecution began

A search warrant was obtained for defendant’s DNA after he was represented. The affidavit showed probable cause, and there was no requirement to advise defense counsel of the search warrant before execution. Frederick v. State, 2017 OK CR 12, 2017 … Continue reading

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PA: Once SW issues for clothes and DNA removed, no further warrant needed for DNA testing

DNA lawfully seized from defendant’s clothes did not require a separate warrant to test it. Defendant doesn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy in his victim’s DNA on him. Once DNA is lawfully taken, there is no longer any reasonable … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: The Franks doctrine applies only to factual misstatements, not legal conclusions

Following United States v. Barnes, 126 F. Supp. 3d 735, 740 (E.D. La. 2015), the Franks doctrine applies only to factual misstatements, not legal conclusions. United States v. Tabares, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186540 (N.D.Ga. June 3, 2016), adopted, 2017 … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: Def objection to new saliva sample by SW denied

Defendant pro se opposed the taking of a new saliva sample. For some reason, the government applied for and obtained a new warrant for saliva having determined that the prior sample was too old or insufficient. The taking of the … Continue reading

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WaPo: Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill

WaPo: Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill by Lena H. Sun: Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Under Md. v. King, govt needn’t show actual need for DNA of already arrested person

The government moved for DNA by buccal swab from four defendants, and it does not have to show a need for genetic testing under Maryland v. King. United States v. Proctor, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16618 (D.D.C. Feb. 2, 2017). … Continue reading

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MN: Request for consent to DNA after def lawyers up doesn’t violate 5A

“Because a request that a suspect consent to provide a DNA sample does not constitute interrogation under Miranda v. Arizona, … and DNA evidence is not testimonial or communicative in nature, a police officer does not violate a suspect’s Fifth … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

NYTimes: Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights by Eli Rosenberg: An unsolved Queens killing has led to calls for widening DNA searches to include relatives of possible suspects. But the method, a frontier in forensic … Continue reading

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LA1: DNA testing for paternity testing is governed by the 4A

Court ordered DNA testing for paternity is a search under the Fourth Amendment, but it is reasonable. L.J.D. v. M.V.S, 2017 La. App. LEXIS 107 n.8 (La.App. 1 Cir. Jan. 25, 2017). The police knew three weeks ahead of time … Continue reading

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