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View Diary: "Grim Sleeper" Case Doesn't Justify Expanding the Reach of DNA Databases (5 comments)

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    Obviously, one would not want to see it used for trivial offenses. But when a man is murdering woman after woman, year after year, I think the civil rights of the victims comes a little higher on the list than other concerns. My feeling is that it should be used exclusively for very serious crimes in which the police have no other means of finding the perpetrator. In the present case, that was exactly the issue. So, with some safeguards in place, I see no problem with using this technology. The "Grim Sleeper" will not be convicted on the basis solely of the DNA match anyway. Once identified, it was possible to connect him to his victims by other means.

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