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This essay explains how errors in DNA analysis can defeat justice system, it discuses issues of DNA in reference to case of Josiah Sutton who was sentenced to 25 years in prison of a rape charge on a woman. It indicates the role of custodian of DNA evidence and how DNA testing is done.
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Table of contents
1.1 INTRODUCTION 1
1.2 ROLE OF CUSTODIAN OF DNA EVIDENCE 3
1.3 HOW IS DNA TESTING DONE? 5
1.4 CONCLUSION 11
1.5 REFERENCIES 12
Preview of the essay: DNA Mistakes
DNA Mistakes 1.1 INTRODUCTION Considering the case of Josiah Sutton who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, depicts how errors in DNA analysis can defeat justice. Sutton’s conviction was as a result of a rape charge on a woman taken at a gun point and then dumped in a Fort Bent County Field. Five days after the rape, Sutton and his friends were arrested after being spotted by the victim near her compound. Saliva and blood samples were obtained from Sutton and his friends to be analyzed so as to determine if there was a match between their DNA profiles and those collected from the crime scene and victim. Shockingly after conviction of Sutton on the evidence based on DNA profiling, Houston Police Department later issued statement to the effect that upon retesting the evidence, Sutton was excluded as being the potential donor of evidential matter analyzed. According to William C. Thompson who did a retest of ...
... in the past placed innocent people behind bars while at the same time setting guilty suspect scot free (DNA Testing Mistakes At The State Patrol Crime Labs (Thursday, July 22, 2004).
According to William C. Thompson who did a retest of the test performed by Houston Police, crime lab, “the jury had been led to believe that the DNA evidence had uniquely identified Sulton as one of the two rapists” Thompson had this to say “The laboratory failed to run essential scientific controls, failed to document their work adequately and engaged in a variety of practice that create a risk of errors” (Judges Releases Inmate After DNA Mistake Uncovered DNA Expert Says Government TO Blame).
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