Perdue Signs DNA Bill In Greenville

House Bill 1403, known as the DNA Database Act, is now law in North Carolina, signed Thursday in Greenville.

Governor Bev Perdue arrived Thursday morning to the Greenville Police Department to sign the bill.

This new law will allow law enforcement officials to take D.N.A samples from any suspect arrested for a felony crime.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, members of the General Assembly and local law officials from the east, joined the Governor for the signing.

She says it's mainly because of the murder of State School Board Member and Greenville resident, Kathy Taft, that she wanted to sign the bill in Greenville.

Opponents of the bill say it's an invasion of privacy, but the Governor says there are provisions in the law to destroy D.N.A. samples if a person if exonerated.

This law will take effect on February 1st, 2011.

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North Carolina's criminal DNA testing system was expanded with Gov. Beverly Perdue signing a bill that supporters say will prevent crime and solve cold cases.

Attorney General Roy Cooper joined Perdue in a bill-signing ceremony on Thursday in Greenville. The measure directs police starting in February to take DNA samples of suspects charged with murder, rape and other serious crimes.

The sample will be entered into the state DNA database to determine whether the person may be linked to other crimes. The DNA record will be deleted if the person is acquitted or charges are dismissed.

The state already takes a sample when a person is convicted of a felony.

The bill was passed at the end of the General Assembly session last weekend.

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  • by Chavez on Jul 16, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    Well, four years ago three out-of-state students were falsely accused of rape. DNA tests cleared them all two weeks before they were even arrested. But when asked about that, prosecutor Nifong challenged, "How does DNA exonerate you?" So, exactly when did the governor and the exalted solons of the legislature come to place such confidence in DNA testing? And where where they all four years ago, when no one in NC spoke out to rebut Nifong? Was getting those out-of-state students more important than letting the innocent go free?
  • by What's Up Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    I don't understand all of the complaining about this bill. Taking a DNA swab is no different than fingerprinting someone who is arrested. In fact, it is mach less intrusive. When a person is arrested for a felony, and some misdemeanors, their prints are taken and put into a national database; where they remain forever, event if the person is found not guilty, yet no one complains about that. There is absolutely no difference. If your house is broken into and they police find fingerprints, they run them against the database and maybe get a match. This allows them to identify and arrest the offender. Now, if someone breaks into your house and the police find a blood drop, they can collect it, develop the DNA profile and run it against the database. Maybe the get a match and can identify the offender. There is no significant difference in these two scenarios.
  • by Be prepaired. on Jul 15, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    This is a foot in the door to allow them to do more things down the road. I guess the politicians no longer listens to the public any more.
  • by Justice on Jul 15, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    I agree with anon 5:08, the Supreme Court will shoot this law down. It is unconstitutional, a person is suppose to be presumed to be innocent UNTIL proven guilty. Certainly agree with 4:07! To 2:26 how about if the law just searches your home and does a drug test every month, just to be sure you dont break the law? You know, if you dont nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry bout. This law slides down that slippery slope of eroding away the constitutional rights guarenteed every citizen. And thats why we must not give an inch on any of those rights. As far as elected and goverment workers, I feel they should take a lie detector test every year to their honesty, if they fail, fire em.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    To Pirate Girl: "Probable cause" to arrest is not probable cause to search. The police need a warrant for that. So, yes, Really! The 4th amendment clearly states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons...against unreasonable searches..., shall not be violated and no Warrants shall issue except upon probable cause..."
  • by here's a thought Location: greenville on Jul 15, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    why stop there, why not give welfare and unemployment recipients random drug tests for them to get their money? Every failure would help fund the drug tests and these DNA tests of suspects BEFORE they are convicted.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Jul 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    Yeah! More of our civil liberties taken away for the "common good".
  • by Pirate girl Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    To Anonymous...unconstiutional? Really? I'd say if they have enough cause to arrest you for a rape or murder, that would be enough cause to take your DNA. And, bottom line, if the person is innocent, they shouldn't mind giving a DNA sample anyway. And, once again, if the person is innocent and plans to remain that way, does it matter if it is erased or not? I say the more DNA samples on file, the better.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    The Supreme Court will shoot this law down as unconstitutional when it is first challenged. It is a blatant violation of the 4th amendment. The Justices will not care about "assurances" of the destruction of the sample upon exhoneration.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    I think they should take Bev's DNA as well. OK, she will be investigated just like Easley and any democrat in office....they just cannot stay honest. Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM, really? Facts are that they did reduce serious crimes. I think we should do it like the Saudis do.....look it up!

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