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News, The Snitch Kamala Harris Touts Use of Familial DNA Testing in Santa Cruz Sex Crime Arrest

Kamala Harris Touts Use of Familial DNA Testing in Santa Cruz Sex Crime Arrest

A controversial form of DNA testing is back in the limelight as law-enforcement officials praise its use in the investigation into an attack on a barista in Santa Cruz.Elvis Garcia, 21, was arrested Friday on charges of sexual assault, robbery,…
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News, The Snitch Newspaper Backs Up Alleged 'Misquote' of Top CA Forensic Scientist

Newspaper Backs Up Alleged 'Misquote' of Top CA Forensic Scientist

We reported a few weeks ago on the uproar caused in North Carolina by Jill Spriggs -- chief of the California Department of Justice's Forensic Services Bureau -- when she defended controversial crime-lab practices before a panel of North Carolina…
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News, The Snitch California's Other Forensic Science Problem

California's Other Forensic Science Problem

We've devoted a lot of ink over the past two months to problems with forensic science at the DNA division of the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab. In December, SF Weekly reported that records of a DNA sample mix-up…
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News, The Snitch Draft of Forensic Science Reform Bill Released

Draft of Forensic Science Reform Bill Released

The office of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has released a draft version of legislation to reform the field of forensic science across the country -- an effort that could eventually have an impact on the troubled San Francisco Police…
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