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April 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The government plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency, a move intended to prevent violent crime but which also is raising concerns about privacy. Using authority granted by Congress, the government also plans to collect DNA samples from foreigners who are detained, whether they have been charged or not. The DNA would be collected through a cheek swab, Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin said. Current practice limits DNA collection to convicted felons.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2008 | Christopher Goffard
A former sheet-metal worker from Anaheim was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the 1985 rape and murder of an Anaheim woman, the Orange County district attorney's office said. An Orange County jury convicted 52-year-old Lynn Dean Johnson in June of murder with special circumstances in the death of Bridgett Lamon, 19, a restaurant hostess. Prosecutors said Johnson raped her, beat her to death with a hammer and dumped her body in a trash bin in eastern Anaheim. The case remained unsolved, prosecutors said, until improved DNA technology pointed investigators toward Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2008 | Jason Felch and Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writers
ABOUT THIS SERIES This is the second in a series of occasional articles that will examine how DNA evidence is transforming criminal justice. -- State crime lab analyst Kathryn Troyer was running tests on Arizona's DNA database when she stumbled across two felons with remarkably similar genetic profiles. The men matched at nine of the 13 locations on chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A convicted burglar has been arrested on suspicion of raping 11 women in a series of attacks near the Long Beach Freeway after an El Monte police detective, acting on a hunch, obtained a sample of the man's DNA. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Friday identified 23-year-old Daniel Sanchez of East Los Angeles as the "710 Freeway Corridor Serial Rapist," whose alleged crime spree spanned more than two years, from Aug. 17, 2001, to last Oct. 30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1983 bludgeoning death of a guest at a Laguna Beach motel after investigators matched his DNA with samples found at the scene, authorities said Wednesday. When confronted by Laguna Beach police investigators, James Paul Snider, 48, confessed to killing Ronald Jay Murphy, a 22-year-old oilfield worker from Santa Maria, on Dec. 11, 1983, at a motel on North Coast Highway, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Calling it an unconstitutional and "vicious assault" on privacy, civil rights advocates sued in federal court Tuesday to stop the implementation of recently passed Proposition 69, which expands California's DNA database to include samples from people who are arrested on suspicion of committing a felony, but not necessarily convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2003 | Andy Olsen, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man in connection with the rape and drowning of an Oxnard woman, whose body was found on a beach south of Mussel Shoals in 2001. Douglas Edward Dworak, 37, of Oak View was being held in Ventura County Jail on suspicion of rape and murder in the death of 18-year-old Crystal Hamilton. Dworak's arrest Tuesday came after a two-year investigation and DNA testing by the sheriff's Major Crimes Unit and deputies in Ojai, said Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Monday set aside its October ruling that overturned a requirement that federal inmates and parolees give blood samples for the FBI's forensic database. Without commenting on the merits, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it would reconsider its decision in which a three-judge panel ruled that requiring blood samples from thousands of federal convicts was an illegal invasion of privacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a statewide rise in crime, Orange County's downward trend continued through the first half of this year, dropping 10% in the larger cities, according to figures released Monday. A 10.3% jump in California's crime totals marked the first indication that a nearly decade-long decline in crime might be nearing an end. Releasing the latest California crime index figures, Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said he was particularly alarmed by a 9.7% increase in sexual assaults.
OPINION
February 27, 2004
The numbers coming from the city of Juarez, across the border from El Paso, are staggering: Number of women killed since 1993 -- 370. Number of those victims raped -- about 100. Number of additional women missing -- 70, according to local authorities; 400, according to nongovernmental organizations. Number of victims not identified -- 75. Number of murders to result in conviction -- one.
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