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Senate Committee Recommends More DNA Sampling

GENETIC PRIVACY

July 16, 2010

A senate committee has recommended extending post-conviction DNA sampling to cover 246 additional offences, reports Law Times. Some defence lawyers are against the proposal, citing concerns about the eliminated need for judicial approval in the majority of cases, among others. The senate report states that while it recommends the increase, it "does not support amending the Criminal Code to allow the collection of DNA from those arrested and charged with indictable offences." But some defence lawyers aren't convinced. "It's clear they want to push for it," said one. The government is expected to go along with the senate's recommendation as the house already made the same proposal.
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