- Apr 17, 2010
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Yes, I posted that yesterday. This case definitely meets the threshold, IMO. I wonder if they already have the court order to do it. Would that be made public at this point? I am guessing no...
Maryland Just Enacted a Historic Law Preventing the Misuse of Genetic InformationWhen no match can be found in CODIS, which contains short tandem repeat (STR) DNA profiles, law enforcement will conduct single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) tests on evidence. Using this information, law enforcement can then search certain ancestry DNA databases like GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA for commonalities because the closer the biological relationship between two individuals is, the more DNA they share. Then they use public data — including census records, social media, and other public databases — to build “family trees” and identify possible relatives of the person whose DNA was found at the crime scene. This process, known as forensic genetic genealogy, was most famously used to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case.
Maryland’s new legislation requires that this process only be used in investigations with the knowledge and oversight of a judge and establishes a panel of stakeholders to conduct an annual review of its use. The law also requires that labs performing forensic genetic genealogy be accredited by the Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Quality and limits its use to cases involving murder, rape, felony sexual assault, and criminal acts involving “circumstances presenting a substantial or ongoing threat to public or national security.”
There are people on social media saying Maryland does not allow the use of forensic genetic genealogy DNA databases. Not true, if approved by a Judge, the lab is accredited by the State and like in this case - a murder was committed.