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June 19th

New York OK's Family-DNA Searches for Suspects, Amid Debate

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U.S. News & World Report / The Associated Press – New York is becoming the latest U.S. state to let police hunt for suspects by identifying their relatives through DNA, after officials voted Friday to allow a practice that authorities call a crime-solver but civil libertarians consider a DNA dragnet.

The technique, known as familial DNA searching, is now expected to be available this fall in New York. The state Commission on Forensic Science voted 9-2 to allow it in murder, rape and some other cases, including times when it could help exonerate someone already convicted.

Spokeswoman Janine Kava says the new policy "will provide law enforcement with a proven scientific tool to help investigate and solve serious crimes."

Read more at U.S. News & World Report.

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