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New York - DNA Databank Proposed for All-Crimes

Published on: June 1, 2010 09:53 PM
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New York - The state would be allowed to collect a DNA sample from anyone convicted of a crime, including misdemeanors such as curfew violation, petty theft and vandalism, under legislation announced by Gov. David Paterson on Tuesday.

While 16 states collect DNA from some who commit misdemeanors, New York would become the first with a so-called all-crimes databank, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Albany lawmakers have voted down similar proposals in the past, but supporters say this time could be different because President Barack Obama and others have voiced support for expanded DNA collection.

In announcing the legislation, Mr. Paterson noted the case of Raymon McGill, who in 2006 was convicted of two murders and of raping an 85-year-old woman after a DNA link was established to the crimes. Mr. McGill had earlier been convicted of two misdemeanors, but his DNA wasn’t collected until after a third conviction.


The legislative director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Bob Perry, said he worried that, “given the massive expansion proposed,” there would not be sufficient oversight of the databank to address human error in the form of mislabeling, misinterpretation of lab results and other issues that lead to due process and privacy concerns.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded the legislation.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 10:18 PM Anonymous Says:

"Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded the legislation."

Well of course, never thought otherwise, he is as democratic as as Putin.


 Jun 01, 2010 at 11:30 PM mm Says:

its an excellent idea, it would cut serious crime dramatically


 Jun 02, 2010 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

By the way does anyone know what happend to Dreilich? Every week someone gets exonarated with DNA but we haven't heard for months if the askonim still work on the case.


 Jun 02, 2010 at 05:30 AM HaNavon Says:

Reply to #2  
mm Says:

its an excellent idea, it would cut serious crime dramatically

This is just the beginning.
Do you really think that the government is going to stop with that? When in world history has any government ever willingly given up any power or not used it to slowly take away the freedoms of its citizenry?
First its mandatory DNA archiving for criminals, then mandatory blood testing (which is already in place) for new born babies, eventually they will know everything about you! They may decide that you have an abnormally high predisposition for violent crimes based on your DNA and then separate you from society...is this an excellent idea now?
What about the fact that every phone call and every email are also archived by the government, does that bother you at all?
Soon there will be high def cameras on every corner, with facial recognition software. All of your movements, phone calls, emails, credit card transactions, your finger prints and DNA will all be in a database that is accessible to any government agency, at any time, without any court order.
Is it an excellent idea now?


 Jun 02, 2010 at 06:32 AM Anonymous Says:

I'm sure there are many cases of "accidental" convictions in major crimes because of DNA collected for some minor offense. This will help convict serious, hard-core criminals.


 Jun 02, 2010 at 09:28 AM punch Says:

so next time you want to spit on a bus driver (as reported last week by VIN) think twice.


 Jun 02, 2010 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

I think it would be a great idea if they charted everyone's dna at birth. If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to be afraid of.


 Jun 04, 2010 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Many want expanded DNA collection, ideally with everyone on file, or perhaps just those who apply for a driver's license or passport. Already some murders have been solved as a result of DNA in a database being a close but not exact match to DNA at a crime scene, so the police knew the murderer was a close relative of the person whose DNA was on file.


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