DNA should not be collected in misdemeanor cases – LA Times

This is an example when legislative intent leaves out common sense in its effects on ‘fighting crime.’

Less than three months ago, California voters adopted Proposition 47, an initiative that reduced six felonies to misdemeanors. By far, most of the affected crimes are for drug possession.

It’s not always easy to glean a clear statement from such a vote beyond the basic fact of it: Voters wanted those crimes to be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Still, it’s a fairly safe assumption that voters wanted their criminal justice resources to be focused less on crimes they considered less serious, especially drug possession.

Full article is here.


Monday’s ‘Quick Clicks” from the  @wrongconvblog

Exoneree now has cancer, TV show about wrongful convictions hosted by exoneree Brian Banks, How to control overzealous prosecutors, another exoneree ‘sheds hatred’ and another DAs office sets up an ‘conviction integrity unit.”

Full article is here. 

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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