By Alan Marzilli
This day a growing number of questions are raised in regards to the conclusiveness of DNA facts and even if it may be used to convict defendants in legal trials.
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Extra info for DNA Evidence (Point Counterpoint)
Law enforcement officials might have a strong case that rapists are likely to commit multiple crimes and leave DNA evidence at crime scenes; however, there is much less reason to believe that someone who has been convicted of burglary is going to commit a crime in which DNA evidence will be collected at the crime scene. S. v. Kincade ruling.
23 Most law enforcement agencies collect DNA samples by means of either blood tests or buccal swabs, which are cotton swabs used to take skin cells from the lining of the mouth. Either method, whether plunging a needle below the skin or swabbing inside someone’s mouth, involve an intrusion into the body. Newer methods of collecting DNA that could be done without breaking the skin or entering the mouth might become more commonplace, but they will still involve taking a person’s cells. • Does it matter how police collect DNA samples, or is it always invasive?
For example, in a rape case in which DNA evidence could be collected from the victim, and in which there is a suspect to whom all other evidence points, a court would almost certainly order the suspect to submit to a DNA test. However, most jurisdictions require people convicted of rape and other violent crimes to submit a DNA sample, even if they are not suspected of committing any other crimes. The primary concern of civil libertarians is the growing number of DNA profiles that law enforcement officials are entering into state and federal DNA data banks, which are computerized records that match a person’s DNA profile to crime scene evidence.