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Arlington County, VA, Judge Approves Warrentless GPS Tracking

Posted by Bill on August 7, 2008

 According to the Arlington Connection newspaper, Arlington County Circuit Judge Joanne Alpert ruled that GPS TRACKING data that led to the arrest of a man suspected in a series of sexual assaults in Fairfax County and Alexandria is admissible in court even if the GPS device was used without a search warrant.

See whole story: Click Here

Bill Lowrance
President PIAVA
www.piava.org

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Fingerprint Evidence–Admissible?

Posted by Bill on April 8, 2008

   LLRX.Com, llrx.com, has posted a very good article on new legal challenges to fingerprint evidence.  The article is by Ken Strutin (JD, MLS) who is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and well-known writer and speaker.  Mr. Strutin is the Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association.

He lists many legal resources, case law and fingerprint standards located on the Web.  The next time you are confronted with potential fingerprint evidence think about admissiblibity of such evicence.

Click here Fingerprint Evidence

See a counter view at Reliability of Fingerprint Identification

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc., McLean, VA

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Surreptitious Sampling–Your DNA

Posted by Bill on April 4, 2008

dna.jpg  Ever had the feeling someone is following you?  It could be law enforcement agents or private investigators wanting to collect your DNA.  The police are “surreptitiously sampling” DNA from targeted suspects.  They will place the individual under surveillance waiting until the person throws away a DNA sample.  The sample could come from a discarded coffee cup, soda can, cigarette or Kleenex.  The police will collect the sample and extract the DNA comparing it to an unsolved case in which the individual may be a suspect.

“Police can take a DNA sample from anyone, anytime, for any reason without raising oversight by any court,” said Elizabeth E. Joh, a law professor at University of California, Davis, who studies the intersection of genetics and privacy law. “I don’t think a lot of people understand that.”

Read the entire NY Times Story here.

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