Robinson Bradshaw

Author: James Cass

Grim Sleeper Awakens Attention to Familial Searching of DNA Databases

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had captured a man suspected of being the “Grim Sleeper”: a serial killer linked with at least 10 murders over 25 years.1 The case marks the first time in the United States that a DNA search technique known as familial searching has led to an […]

The Unintended Consequences of Katie’s Law: More DNA Samples Collected, More DNA Samples Untested?

Last month, we discussed a bill nicknamed “Katie’s Law” that would give states financial incentives to collect DNA samples from individuals arrested for certain crimes. At the moment, less than half of the states currently collect DNA samples from these arrestees. If Katie’s Law were enacted, the remainder of the states would likely expand the […]

Keeping Up With CODIS and Katie’s Law

A few weeks back, we posted a discussion of the issues surrounding the current system of forensic DNA profiling, with an emphasis on the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). In that post, we noted that the federal government had enacted a policy of taking DNA samples from individuals arrested for certain crimes and retaining the samples […]

The Cost of Making Crime Not Pay: Obama, CODIS and Forensic DNA

Earlier this month President Barack Obama appeared on the television show “America’s Most Wanted” to discuss the creation of a national forensic DNA database. In his interview with AMW host John Walsh, President Obama expressed his strong support for a number of law enforcement initiatives, including a proposal to expand the compulsory DNA sampling of individuals […]