A proposed state law would require New York City to expunge all records stored in its municipal DNA identification index—a database that has come under scrutiny for what critics describe as illegal collection of genetic material.
The work of a Virginia-based DNA testing company could wind up putting New Yorkers behind bars, but its plans for genetic testing in the Empire State are being kept from the public—and even the state’s own forensic science commission.
The Department of Health expects to approve licenses for Parabon— a Virginia-based company that markets forensic genealogical testing and consultant work to law enforcement—as well as a separate lab that handles most of Parabon’s DNA samples, once all required documentation is reviewed, state officials said.
The FBI has refused a request from New York state’s DNA subcommittee to provide detailed information about a software glitch causing problems with the bureau’s CODIS system, spurring criticism from state officials.
An appeals court threw out Reginald Goldman’s manslaughter conviction Tuesday, ruling that his lawyer was improperly denied an opportunity to review the search warrant authorities used to extract Goldman’s DNA.
The FBI says a software update to its national DNA database caused incorrect genetic information to display at a handful of local crime labs, but that no offenders were misidentified as a result. Three crime labs in the United States told the FBI they were impacted by the CODIS software glitch, which caused incorrect genetic profile information to be displayed.
State DNA scientists have discovered a software glitch in the FBI’s national DNA database—a problem officials say led to inaccurate genetic profile information being displayed at local crime labs, Bronx Justice News has learned.
The NYPD plans to begin using Rapid DNA—a controversial technology that provides near-instantaneous test results on human genetic samples without the need for laboratories—as early as this year, Bronx Justice News has learned. The department is working closely with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to implement the plan, NYPD officials recently told a state subcommittee.