NY Law Would Be 1st to Take DNA From All Criminals
Gov. David Paterson has proposed roughly doubling New York's DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first in the nation to so broadly collect and use this evidence to solve crimes and exonerate people wrongly convicted…Robert Perry, New York Civil Liberties Union legislative director, said there are issues with privacy and the rights of defendants to due process - and that an independent analysis is needed first. He said problems from putting the DNA of thousands more people into the data bank include the risk of degraded samples, human error in testing labs and even intentional fraud. "The complexity and importance of the issues raised by the proposal to expand the state's DNA data bank - issues of law, science and public policy - are matched only by the indifference of lawmakers," Perry said.