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SBI touts DNA database as crime-fighting tool

Posted January 6, 2011

— The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is touting the effectiveness of its crime-fighting DNA database a month before a significant expansion.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says the database recorded 420 "hits" in 2010, an all-time high. A "hit" occurs when crime scene evidence matches the DNA profile of a convicted felon.

Starting Feb. 1, the database will get larger. Police will be allowed to collect DNA samples from people arrested for certain serious felonies and misdemeanors, rather than from convicted felons only.

Cooper says the expanded collection will help solve more crimes than ever. But civil liberties groups say collecting DNA from people who haven't been convicted raises troubling Constitutional questions.

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  • Raleigh Boys Jan 7, 2011

    It is sad reality that more often than it should occur, we have dishonest cops. Every month wral has a story on a drunk highway patrol or durham officer caught. That high ranking highway patrol officer was caught sending text messages to his mistress. Nifong lied about the duke lacross players. now we have an ex governor (who used to be a prosecutor) that is a felon. The problem is there are dirty people who are members of the court, that will do anything to close a case.

  • John Sawtooth Jan 7, 2011

    @ forensics - thanks for your info, it's nice to hear from a true insider, so to say.

    The SBI problem is that the rogue behavior escaped correction for so long that it tainted the overall system they have in place. It's unfair to the honest people they have there, but I don't think it's unreasonable to want the entire system and supervision recertified.

  • John Sawtooth Jan 7, 2011

    Please remember that this is the same SBI that allowed and participated actively in suppressing lab data that would conflict with a prosecutor's goal of convictions. This database, like many other 'crimina' databases includes people merely arrested and not convicted.

    I'm not a conspiracy fan. I loath that point of view in general. But there is an established pattern of misfeasance here that I cannot trust. Any such database needs to contain ONLY data on convicted criminals - at that point, their rights as citizens have changed, and not before.

    Ctrautman, you have everything to worry about - your true innocence will not protect you - a mistaken arrest obtains your DNA, and mishandling of lab samples or records convicts you.

  • ctrautman Jan 7, 2011

    The only people who have a problem with a DNA database collected from criminals are criminals. People who don't commit crimes have nothing to worry about.

  • Dismald Jan 7, 2011

    Un-constitutional! Who approved this? Anyone remember a vote??? Any discussion???

  • Raleigh Boys Jan 7, 2011

    A multi-million dollar DNA database. Money spent on this when it was already clear the State was short on money. Lay off a bunch of State workers, and build an unnecessary big brother database. Money well spent.

  • kewlmom Jan 7, 2011

    I'm interested in how they are doing to proove they have removed the DNA from the database once a person is found innocent. I can't help but think of the Duke LaCross players who were falsley accused of a felony, had their names raked through the mud, and under this law would have had to give up a DNA sample. Simply because one woman lied. How many other examples like this are out there? This is not a good law.

  • mburgie Jan 7, 2011

    Now if we could just trust the DNA results, they might be on to something.

  • gumby Jan 7, 2011

    Hey Sherlock, I think you would make a great defense attorney. Your English and spelling skills prove it.

  • Raleigh Boys Jan 7, 2011

    They claim your dna will be removed if you are found not guilty. yea right. You probably will have to hire an attorney to get it done in a timely manner.

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