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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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SCIENCE
June 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chinese claiming Confucius for an ancestor can now use a genetic test to prove a direct blood connection to the grandfather of Chinese social mores, a state newspaper said Friday. The test to determine a genetic link with the 5th century BC social philosopher will cost more than $125, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.
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
May 6, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Whether the serial killer known as the Original Night Stalker is still alive, nobody knows. But 30 years after a couple died while housesitting in Goleta, investigators have confirmed through DNA testing what they long suspected: The man who killed them is the same one they believe responsible for a decades-long crime spree that started with dozens of rapes in Northern California and ended with as many as 10 slayings in Santa Barbara, Ventura and...
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
May 4, 2008 | Jason Felch and Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writers
Police found the naked body of Diana Sylvester near her Christmas tree. The 22-year-old San Francisco nurse had been sexually assaulted and stabbed in the heart. She lay on her back, her neck laced with scratches and her mouth open as if frozen in a scream. For more than three decades, Sylvester's slaying went unsolved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
Orange County, which already has one of the nation's most aggressive programs for taking DNA samples from convicts, has quietly begun offering a deal to some people who have only been arrested: give a DNA sample and have your charges dropped. The district attorney's office, which runs its own database, has started expanding its program by handling some cases "informally," Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas told the Board of Supervisors this week. In those cases, if a person who has been arrested agrees to give a DNA sample, "we would not even file" charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Investigators don't know where 15-year-old Sierra LaMar is, but they are almost certain she is dead. For more than two months, the high school cheerleader's family has been holding out hope. They have organized repeated searches of the Northern California neighborhood where she disappeared and made numerous public appeals for help. On Tuesday, even as authorities announced the arrest of a 21-year-old suspect on suspicion of murder, Marlene LaMar vowed not to stop looking for her daughter.
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