DNA Sampling Passes, Perdue Mentions Taft Murder Investigation

Lawmakers have agreed that law enforcement officials must take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony. In support of this legislation, Governor Perdue mentioned the murder case of Kathy Taft and how investigators were able to use DNA sampling to make an arrest.

DNA sampling was a key priority in Governor Perdue's safer communities legislative package.

The measure has been widely supported by law enforcement and victims rights advocates.

Governor Perdue said, “These samples will build a database that law enforcement can use to identify suspects and solve crimes. I know firsthand how effective this technology is. A friend of mine, Kathy Taft, was murdered earlier this year, and the suspect was caught through DNA analysis.”

Estimates are that as many as 100 cases could be solved with the help of the DNA samples within the first year.


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  • by @ Anonymous on Jul 11, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Yes....we are past that....people are locked up everyday and confined for long periods of time before they ever have their day in court. What gives us the right to lock them up until they are convicted? It's just the way it is. The world isn't perfect, and if swabbing someone's cheek when they get arrested will prevent innocents from being victimized in the future then I am all for it. It's time we start giving the good, hardworking, non-criminal people in this country some breaks. %^&* the criminals and their rights. Have a nice evening.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    Innocent until proven guilty. Are we past that now?
  • by Smart Location: Gville on Jul 11, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    A lot of people complaining about personal boundaries being stepped on...but i guess if your daughter or son gets murdered or raped and well theres only DNA that could convict the criminal you wouldnt be objecting. The stats are that usually the ones who murder and rape and kidnap children already have a past with breaking the law...so this would help to catch that person...Theres a lot of cold cases because they cant link the DNA so i really think this is a smart move from law enforcement.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    And who do you think hires the police, some level of government.
  • by To Anonymous at 9:44 on Jul 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    Yeah, I'm sure the Government's "DNA Planting Unit" will respond to a local crime scene before the police get there and plant some DNA.
  • by Justice on Jul 11, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    To balance this law, if they are found Not Guilty, then this sample should be destroyed. So should the fingerprints and picture. That would balance the law.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    Do you really trust the government not to plant you DNA at a crime sceen to make you guilty. Those that speak out against high taxes, government waste, no jobs, etc, have the most to fear from the administion now and forever in power. And do any of you think come 2012 that Obama is going to allow an election for President? He is there and he will make sure he never leaves.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    What this really means is that almost everyone will be charged with a felony, just to get the sample. Sure they will drop it in court after you spend 500 dollars on a lawyer for a felony failure to properly inflate your tires.
  • by kim on Jul 11, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    I believe in this 100%. my daughter was abused by a neighbor 3 years ago, although our case is over and he received his punishment, if they do it once, they will do it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Hal on Jul 11, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    If you get arrested now you get fingerprinted...before you are convicted. That can be used to identify you and your involvement in crime at a later date. There's nothing wrong with it.
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