Category Archives: DNA

The Atlantic: The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy

The Atlantic: The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy by Sarah Zhang: The same DNA analysis used to find the alleged Golden State Killer has led to the arrest of a second alleged murderer. It’ll likely lead to more.

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NYTimes: Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

NYTimes: Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders by Heather Murphy:

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ACLU: Roadside Saliva Testing Is Probably Unconstitutional

ACLU: Roadside Saliva Testing Is Probably Unconstitutional by Chloé White

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Business Insider: How to delete your DNA data from genetics companies like 23andMe and Ancestry

Business Insider: How to delete your DNA data from genetics companies like 23andMe and Ancestry by Erin Brodwin:

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NYTimes: The Cold Case That Inspired the ‘Golden State Killer’ Detective to Try Genealogy

NYTimes: The Cold Case That Inspired the ‘Golden State Killer’ Detective to Try Genealogy by Tim Arango: Before investigators in California say they solved a decades-old case of rape and murder using a genealogy website, the only other known case … Continue reading

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D.Colo.: Additional DNA sample and fingerprints despite the fact the govt already has it

The court can order an additional DNA sample and fingerprints despite the fact the government already has it. United States v. Lovato, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71592 (D. Colo. Apr. 30, 2018). Collateral estoppel doesn’t apply to a suppression order … Continue reading

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AP: Earlier search for Golden State Killer led to wrong man

AP: Earlier search for Golden State Killer led to wrong man by Michael Balsamo and Jonathan J. Cooper with Frank Stoltze:

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Reason.com: The Golden State Killer and Your Genetic Privacy

Reason.com: The Golden State Killer and Your Genetic Privacy by Ronald Bailey “Any right of privacy in commercial DNA testers?” This was inevitable.

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NH: Warrantless DNA testing of blood obtained from hospital if error was harmless

Defendant was driving in a car crash that critically injured him and his passenger. He came to the ER, and the hospital drew five vials of blood for diagnostic testing for his condition. At the hearing all that it would … Continue reading

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Cal.: Cal.’s initiated DNA act constitutionally requires DNA sampling from those charged with serious felonies

California’s initiated DNA collection act requiring DNA sampling of those charged with serious felonies applies to defendant’s arson arrest. He refused to provide a sample on booking and was convicted of a misdemeanor offense. The California statute is not exactly … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: It doesn’t violate Franks to fail to mention a Miranda violation to gain def’s admissions (no violatIon either)

Officers had probable cause for a warrantless arrest of defendant for child pornography. “But Mr. Lieu argues that the names ‘Dave’ and ‘John’ are relatively common names and that the clothing description is too general to support the connection that … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: 4A permits taking DNA on booking from misdemeanor defendants

Defendant, a sovereign citizen, indicted for willful failure to file tax returns, when booked by the U.S. Marshal refused to be fingerprinted, photographed, or have a DNA sample taken because they were “copyrighted.” He relented as to fingerprinting and photographing … Continue reading

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