DNA evidence can be faked . . .

check out this article . . .

www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/science/18dna.html

This has very far-reaching implications.  In the US, DNA evidence has become the gold-standard of crime-scene evidence.  It has been used to convict people of crimes, and it has been used to exonerate people who were previously convicted.  Now, we’re being told that it can be faked – two different ways.

Holy Batphone, Batman!  The Joker just took over the Police Crime Lab!

Seriously, this presents itself as a built-in appeal reason for everyone who’s been convicted of any crime based on DNA evidence.  Particularly if it was a serious, violent crime with scant or no other evidence available.  It looks like our already over-worked courts are about to get a whole lot busier.

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4 thoughts on “DNA evidence can be faked . . .

  1. How many criminals will really have access to the kind of equipment needed to fake DNA? For that matter, how many police departments will?

    The courts aren’t going to get busier any time soon. In the future- if this technique becomes more available/cheap, than yes it might interfere.

  2. Look at that article again. It said that “any college biology major” could do either method of faking the DNA. If college students can do it, police departments can do it too. Or at least that is what it looks like to me.

  3. *IF* they have access to the proper chemicals and equipment. Do you keep a centrifuge and spare DNA samples in your basement?

    I’m not saying this couldn’t become a problem- just that the sky isn’t falling just yet.

  4. And, in the dissenting opinion in a Supreme Court decision on Monday, “This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is actually innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged actual innocence is constitutionally cognizable.” — Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, as quoted by Alan Dershowitz

    (emphasis added)

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