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DNA Evidence in the Criminal Justice System

Posted on November 28, 2016

By David Burress

DNA evidence is increasingly sending innocent people to jail. There are four problems with it.

 
1. Juries nearly always accept it uncritically.
2. It is being used for increasingly tiny cell samples that may have DNA mixed from several people, and there are no accepted standards on how to do that.
3. There is a proliferation of so-called experts and so-called scientific labs that are not very good.
4. The defendant is unlikely to prevail against DNA errors unless they hire a very good attorney plus very good experts of his own, meaning that only the rich can afford what we in the US playfully refer to as “justice.”

3 thoughts on “DNA Evidence in the Criminal Justice System”

  1. John Tellefson says:

    The KS law, courts and so forth are dedicated to proving that the law is an ass. My gripe of the day is courts that demand fine and restitution payments without taking into account the income and employment status of the person. Employment and income can change, but the demanded payments on threat of jail roll on forever. I know of two jobless people, one on welfare and another not even on welfare, who are being subjected to demands to pay up. I’d like to tell the judge or rep of the court, “You don’t care where the money comes from as long as you get my payment, right?” “Right.” “Good. I stole your Cadillac and sold it to an out of state chop shop for $100. Here’s the $100.”

  2. John Tellefson says:

    Failure to take changeable ability to pay into account means that the court actually encourages and demands that people do questionable and even criminal acts to raise the demanded money. Burglary, prostitution, tearing up electrical systems for the copper, selling and hauling drugs, etc etc etc are ways that people might try to get money to pay, creating a worse crime situation than before the so-called law and order ruling. I guess I know of three jobless people in this situation, one being jobless because the goddamned court busted him for a parole violation and another matter so that he’s been behind bars for 3-4 months now while the past-due fine builds up on him. I’m beginning to think that extralegal means of standing up for people’s rights is becoming necessary.

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