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CSURamFan

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So what are your thoughts on the forensic genealogy that's all the rage?


You probably remember the Golden State Killer case and how it was cracked. Three weeks after that another case was broken open . It is first trial of a cold case solved through forensic genealogy starts today in Washington. It was a double murder with DNA evidence from a rape but a strong suspect was never identified. Until police and DNA people used that DNA sample and matched it vs the DNA samples voluntarily submitted to a database called GEDMatch. From there they identified second cousin and a half first cousin. They used genealogy and interviews to work back up to a common ancestor and then down to the killer.

The GEDMatch database and at least one other like it contain about 1 million samples. These samples were from 23 and Me and other sites like that but the person had to voluntarily add their DNA to the GEDMatch. GEDMatch, and law enforcement, do not have access to everyone who has submitted to 23 and Me and the like. About 26 Million people have done that and only 1.2 Million have given their data to GEDMatch or similar databases.

So what does the GDB think of this new area of investigation? Are the courts going to strike it down? Is it a privacy invasion?

Link: Double Murder Solved


Posted: 06/10/2019 at 12:42PM



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Current Thread:
  I think it is a privacy invasion ** -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 1:06PM
  What part of it is a privacy invasion? ** -- nateDiggsCSU 06/10/2019 2:41PM
  It requires a lower standard to obtain evidence -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 2:45PM
  If used to convict, you should -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:03PM
  It weakens probable cause to compel a DNA sample IMO -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:44PM
  Good to know -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:55PM
  Yeah, if it has not happened yet, it inevitably will ** -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 4:18PM
  Certainly ** -- CSURamFan 06/10/2019 4:24PM
  So do I not have a right to publish my own DNA -- nateDiggsCSU 06/10/2019 3:19PM
  So here is where I stand right now -- nateDiggsCSU 06/10/2019 3:23PM
  And I also don't know that the lineage -- nateDiggsCSU 06/10/2019 3:27PM
  We actually agree more than disagree ** -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:36PM
  In a recent Star Trek enterprise I just watched... -- Hopsblues 06/10/2019 3:09PM
  I listened to a NYTimes podcast on this -- CSURamFan 06/10/2019 12:49PM
  That is an odd standard to use ** -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 1:25PM
  Agree with Cowtown here -- nateDiggsCSU 06/10/2019 3:25PM
  My point is that DNA is such a strong -- DurwardRam 06/11/2019 05:54AM
  Why, I like to see criminals punished. ** -- DurwardRam 06/10/2019 2:18PM
  I like to see due process followed. -- 60s Rammie 06/10/2019 4:37PM
  Because the Fourth Amendment exists -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 2:30PM
  It's an investigation using public knowledge. -- DurwardRam 06/10/2019 2:44PM
  Correct, I worded that part poorly. ** -- DurwardRam 06/11/2019 06:03AM
  "Public" knowledge -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 2:47PM
  Can a person run into a theater and scream fire? -- 60s Rammie 06/10/2019 5:26PM
  Yeah, I don't have a problem with this -- nateDiggsCSU 06/10/2019 3:31PM
  It definitely went around probable cause -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:06PM
  And this is a really good debate -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:51PM
  Sounds like the DNA from the suspect was obtained legally -- Cowtown Buff 06/10/2019 3:35PM

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