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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
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
A Perris man accused of killing a former Riverside police officer more than two decades ago during a robbery is in custody after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, authorities said Tuesday. Leslie Gene Parker, 47, is accused of robbing two employees of First Interstate Bank who were picking up night deposits at an ATM at what was then Tyler Mall on Dec. 16, 1985.
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.
OPINION
July 27, 2008
Re "FBI resists scrutiny of 'matches,' " July 20 I have unsuccessfully litigated the rights of defendants to have access to the DNA profiles in the state database. Time and time again, the deputy attorney general argued that California would be thrown out of the cold-hit program and that my request would shut down the lab for months. I was extremely disheartened to find out that not only were these representations false but that the FBI was behind this attempt to present false information and to manipulate judges.
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