Jan 182010
 
 January 18, 2010  Surveillance

Ben Poston reports:

A letter being sent by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections that orders released felons to submit DNA samples or face prosecution may exceed the state’s authority and undermine future cases, legal experts, defense attorneys and even one prosecutor say.

The concerns are important because the use of DNA evidence obtained under questionable grounds could later be challenged in court if it is used to prosecute a future crime.

The notices have been mailed out by the Corrections Department since December to about 700 of the more than 11,000 offenders whose profiles are missing from the state DNA databank and who already have completed their sentences.

Read more in the Journal Sentinel.

Hat-tip, FourthAmendment.com.

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