Browsing Archive: August, 2011


Posted by Karen Foster on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, In : Crime, Justice 
CODIS, the national DNA database, has almost 385,000 forensic DNA profiles from crime scene evidence.  Many of these crimes could be solved if all 50 states and Canada collected DNA on all felony arrests.  In fact estimates are 60% could be solved.  For each of these unsolved crimes there are victims, families, friends and communities desperately needing answers.  For each of these unsolved crimes there is a criminal getting away with murder, rape, or some other heinous crime.  This criminal,...
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3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals approves DNA on Arrest

Posted by Karen Foster on Monday, August 22, 2011, In : Crime, Justice 

(originally posted July 26, 2011)
DNA testing of suspects arrested for a crime does not violate the US Constitutional right of an accused to unlawful search and seizure. In a 8-6 vote the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the DNA law to collect DNA for those arrested of a crime.

Judge Julio Fuentes wrote that "under the totality of the circumstances, given arrestees' and pretrial detainees' diminished expectations of privacy in their identities and the government's legitimate interests in ...

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Karen Foster, Bonnie's Mom

Karen Foster Victims and families need to make sure that the CRIMINAL Justice system becomes more balanced and starts protecting the innocent, not just the guilty. Please help us balance the scales of justice. Don't wait until you are a victim to find out how broken the system is. Take 5 minutes to call your lawmakers or drop them an email to support funding for our new crime lab. It will save lives and prevent a lot of crimes by getting the criminals off our streets sooner. Juries expect scientific proof to convict the predators in our society. 5 minutes of your time is all I'm asking for; it will make a difference in our justice system.
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