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Old 03-15-2011, 08:41 PM
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Elvis Garcia, 21, is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of sexual assault, robbery, and false imprisonment....

Garcia was taken into custody Friday after state forensic scientists were able to establish his identity through familial DNA, a process in which crime scene DNA is compared to the DNA of convicted offenders to see if there's a close match that could indicate a relationship of father-son or brothers. In this case, Garcia's father was ultimately identified, and from there, investigators narrowed their search to focus on Garcia as a possible suspect.

Earlier this year, state forensic scientists tested items recovered from Garcia's trash
and found DNA matches between a hairnet and a Gatorade bottle found there and DNA samples found at the scene of the March 2008 assault. After Garcia was arrested Friday, a DNA sample taken from the inside of his cheek confirmed the match to crime scene DNA.

Familial DNA is a powerful and important tool, but it needs to be carefully employed. That's why it is used only in rare instances where a major violent crime is involved, public safety is jeopardized, and all other investigative leads have been exhausted. In addition, strong safeguards are in place every step of the way to ensure the technique is not misused.

-Santa Cruz Sex Assault Suspect Identified Through Same DNA Technology Used in Grim Sleeper Case (http://oag.ca.gov/news/press_release?id=2051&p=3 - broken link)
It's used in rare instances now but I'm just waiting for some cash-strapped municipality to sue for the right to use this technology to "...protect the people and save them time and money."

If they did would it be acceptable to you? The part underlined is what gives me pause.
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