NC Bill On Pre-Conviction DNA Samples Advances

North Carolina lawmakers are inching closer to a law allowing investigators to take DNA samples from suspects before any criminal conviction.

The House on Tuesday voted 92-23 to tentatively approve requiring DNA collection from people when they are arrested for serious crimes.

Opponents worry collecting DNA before a conviction tramples on civil liberties

But supporters say collecting DNA and comparing the results to blood or other biological evidence collected from crime scenes could prevent new crimes by catching repeat offenders.

Backers also argue DNA evidence has freed hundreds of innocent people nationwide.

A final House vote could come Wednesday. The measure then would need approval by the Senate and Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jul 8, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    I can see it now. You get stopped for speeding and you are hauled downtown to be swabbed. The buzzer at Walmart goes off when you leave the store, you get dragged downtown. All this will be going on while real crooks and thieves waltz around this "law". Why not make up a kit a send one to everyone asking for a sample???? The further we progress, the further we fall behind.
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 6, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    Send in your sample.

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