"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

DNA, Again

Lest anyone apprehend that we prosecutors fear DNA because sometimes, as with the last post below, it results in convictions being reversed, a cold-hit DNA result has lead to capital charges being filed in a brutal rape-murder case. The defendant in this case went on to attack three other women in separate cases.

Think this guy is a continuing threat to society?

I once won a 40+ year robbery conviction in a cold-hit DNA case where a meticulous crime scene officer took swabs from the inside tip of a tiny bit of torn latex glove finger which had become lodged in a flex-cuff the defendant had used to restrain the victim.

HT: Crime and Consequences.

1 comment:

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Well, some DA's do fight every test in an old case, but for the reasons you mention I think that's a bad idea. If you've got the wrong guy, that means the guilty one may still be out there.

Several of the cases the previous Dallas DA fought testing on turned out to clear innocent people and a couple id'd the real perpetrator. Nobody who's operating in good faith need fear DNA evidence as long as the lab techs are competent.