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NACDL News: NACDL Board Adopts DNA-Related Resolutions
By Ivan J. Dominguez
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NACDL’s Board of Directors passed three important DNA-related resolutions at its Midwinter Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23, 2013. First, the FBI federal Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, which contains over 10 million offenders and 1.3 million arrestees, is not accessible to the defense. NACDL resolved to support “federal and state legislation to ensure defense access to CODIS for purposes of preparing a defense or petition for postconviction relief or executive clemency.” In that same resolution the board also resolved “that such legislation should authorize courts to order, upon the accused’s pretrial or postconviction request, that a law enforcement entity that has access to CODIS submit the DNA profile obtained from probative biological material from crime scene evidence to determine whether it matches a profile of a known individual or a profile from an unsolved crime.”
NACDL also took a stance on familial DNA searching via two resolutions, the first r
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