NC Lawmakers Pass DNA Database Expansion Bills

The North Carolina Legislature is trying to work out a compromise to a bill letting investigators collect DNA samples from suspects when they are charged with serious crimes.

The House gave final approval Wednesday night to its version of the measure directing law enforcement to take samples before a suspect is convicted and send them to a state lab. A Senate judiciary committee also agreed to its own bill Wednesday evening.

Civil liberties advocates say taking DNA samples from people who haven't been convicted of a crime are unconstitutional.

Bill supporters argue a wider DNA database will solve more crimes.

Lawmakers have tried to win over opponents with amendments that would remove samples quickly from the database if a suspect isn't convicted.

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  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:59 PM
    I'll have to land on the side of the civil liberties on this one. Any one of us could be named a suspect in a crime. I don't care how innocent you live your life, the last two years has shown that the government under the current executive powers that exist will do anything needed to protect the guilty leaving the innocent to take the rap. Just look at the Black Panther case. Under this administration the law will not be applied if the victim is white and the perpetrator is black. This comes straight from the US Justice Department. Have they all gone nutz! I don't know about you but it seems following the law, and trying to do the right thing just makes you a target in this new Changed America.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jul 7, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    all the methodology in the world is useless before a worthless liberal judge. like four, of the nine supremes.

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