Monday, February 25, 2013

Dwayne Jackson; US Supreme Court DNA case Tuesday. Will allowing police to take DNA samples before conviction increase the possibility of wrongful convictions? USA TODAY.

STORY: "High court's DNA case pits crime solving versus privacy," by reporter Richard Wolf, published in USA TODAY on February 25, 2013.

GIST:  "On Tuesday, those stories and others will resonate inside the Supreme Court, where the justices will be asked to rule on the use of DNA in law enforcement. At stake is the widespread police practice of taking DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of serious crimes - a practice fueled in part by the persistent advocacy of Katie Sepich's parents. If the justices rule later this year that it's constitutional, says Jayann Sepich, "I think the impact will be monumental, and I believe there will be a tremendous number of lives saved." But civil liberties advocates worry that allowing police to take DNA samples before conviction increases the possibility of errors such as the one that stole four years of Jackson's young life. While DNA is effective in law enforcement, they say, it's also subject to contamination, misinterpretation, sample switches and outright fraud."

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