Category Archives: DNA

S.D.Ga.: There is no per se staleness, and how is DNA stale?

There is no per se staleness. A new warrant for defendant’s DNA alleging it was previously drawn in 2005 and 2007 and matched wasn’t stale. How does DNA change? It doesn’t. United States v. Williams, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38735 … Continue reading

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NPR: Genealogy Websites Help To Solve Crimes, Raise Questions About Ethics

NPR: Genealogy Websites Help To Solve Crimes, Raise Questions About Ethics by Kate Payne (“An Iowa man has been found guilty of a 40-year-old murder after he was tracked down through a family genealogy website. Many privacy concerns have been … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Affidavit for SW for DNA showed PC by parallels between two crimes and def

“The underlying facts in the affidavit compare the actions of Tualua with the actions of the people who committed the prior EZ Pawn robberies, which would allow the issuing judge to make his or her own conclusions. Under the totality … Continue reading

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NBC News: ‘They lied to us’: Mom says police deceived her to get her DNA and charge her son with murder

NBC News: ‘They lied to us’: Mom says police deceived her to get her DNA and charge her son with murder (“A murder case raises the question: Is it OK for police to lie to get an innocent person’s DNA?”)

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NBC News: Texas man close to exoneration after computer algorithm leads to new suspect

NBC News: Texas man close to exoneration after computer algorithm leads to new suspect by Erik Ortiz (“Lydell Grant was supposed to be in prison for murder. But an emerging form of DNA technology, which has also come under scrutiny, … Continue reading

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Axios: Ancestry.com refused court request to give police DNA database access

Axios: Ancestry.com refused court request to give police DNA database access by Rebecca Falconer (“Ancestry.com refused to comply with a search warrant pushed by a Pennsylvania court for police to gain access to its database of about 16 million DNA … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Opinion: DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans

NYTimes: Opinion: DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans by Daniel I. Morales, Natalie Ram and Jessica L. Roberts (“We’re one step closer to the ‘genetic panopticon’ that Antonin Scalia warned us about.”)

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techdirt: DHS Move Ahead With Plan To Harvest DNA Samples From Nearly Everyone Detained By ICE And CBP Privacy

techdirt: DHS Move Ahead With Plan To Harvest DNA Samples From Nearly Everyone Detained By ICE And CBPPrivacy by Tim Cushing:

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WaPo: You need a good reason to curb privacy. None exists for collecting DNA at the border.

WaPo: Editorial Board: You need a good reason to curb privacy. None exists for collecting DNA at the border. NEWS THIS MONTH that the U.S. government would start collecting DNA from people detained at the border seemed to sketch out … Continue reading

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The Crime Report: Utah Considers Legislation to Block Police From DNA Searches

The Crime Report: Utah Considers Legislation to Block Police From DNA Searches (“A new bill being drafted by Utah Representatives would block investigators from having accessibility to DNA databases when trying to solve crimes and cold cases. The bill’s organizer … Continue reading

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Fox SLC: Police could be banned from accessing home DNA test data under a bill in the Utah legislature

Fox SLC: Police could be banned from accessing home DNA test data under a bill in the Utah legislature by Ben Winslow

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D.V.I.: On reopening suppression hearing, govt proves inevitable discovery of def’s DNA

In a prior post, United States v. Wrensford, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138235 (D. V.I. Aug. 15, 2019), the court held that the government didn’t get the benefit of inevitable discovery of defendant’s DNA for lack of proof. The court … Continue reading

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