California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide ACLU attacking the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act. So he held a news conference today at the Ninth District United States Court of Appeals down at Seventh and Mission. Read about the presser here at the L.A. Weekly and read all about the law that California voters approved in 2004 right here.
O.K. then. For Jerry Brown, the time to swab your mouth to get DNA is when you get arrested for a felony, but the ACLU thinks that law enforcement should wait until you get convicted of a felony. That’s the focus of today’s oral arguments at the 9th Circuit.
Now, one of the recent successes of the state’s DNA program is the capture of the Grim Sleeper down in L.A. County. That’s an amazing story involving the use of “familial DNA,” an approach that’s illegal in some parts of the U.S. but A-OK here due to JB’s approval back in in aught-eight.
Here’s what the ACLU has to say about that:
“If you are going to use familial DNA testing, this is probably the case for it,” says ACLU staff attorney Peter Bibring.”
I’d say so. But you can’t even attempt a shot at making a connection with familial DNA if you don’t have the DNA collected in the first place so that’s what today’s court fight is about.
Jerry was all pumped up today. Getting kind of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western look in his eyes these days. He’s an intense dude.
Will the long arm of the law (in the words the father of one of the victims of the Grim Sleeper) get shorter today?