The Fight Over DNA

Posted: October 25, 2010 by smallmouth63 in Terrible Wrongs - Other Cases

The public understands that DNA evidence when found can be the best indicator of guilt or innocence. We assume that it is used appropriately by police and prosecutors whenever it is discovered and that all DNA is tested.
Yet this is not true. Prosecutions are more often handled as a war between the State and the defendant. DNA evidence can be ignored, hidden and viewed by the State as being too costly to process and defendants and crime victims can both be in the same boat trying to fight for DNA to be processed. Legal battle-lines are being drawn over the rules surrounding how and when DNA is processed and admissible and when defendants are entitled to have it tested.  The Chicago Tribune has a good compilation of articles below showing the present status in the use of and access to DNA testing

DNA problems hamper investigations

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