Would routine use of DNA matching help avoid wrongful convictions?

A Yellow Light to DNA Searches

Published: July 12, 2010

For nearly 25 years, a serial killer stalked South Los Angeles, murdering at least 10 people. He was caught last week through the use of a much-debated DNA technique that involves tracking down relatives of convicted criminals. The technique, known as familial searching, has significant potential as a crime-fighting tool and is likely to spread to other states now that it has passed its first successful test in this country. But there must be stringent safeguards to prevent abuse.

From the New York Times, click here to read the rest.

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One Response to Would routine use of DNA matching help avoid wrongful convictions?

  1. wncdpr says:

    “Under rules set up by Attorney General Jerry Brown, familial searching cannot be used unless all other investigative leads have been exhausted. The crime must be murder or rape, and the criminal has to be an active threat to public safety — still committing crimes.”
    These are reasonable guide lines for a state to follow. If only all attorney generals were of similar mind.

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