Proposal would require DNA testing in PA after arrest

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 12, 2013 11:22 AM
Medical Research

(Harrisburg) -- A bill that would require DNA testing on suspects charged with certain crimes after their arrest but before they are convicted is up for a legislative hearing.

The House Judiciary Committee is taking testimony today on the bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi.

It won a strong vote of approval in the Senate in June.

The proposal would supersede current law that requires people convicted of certain serious crimes to submit to a DNA sample. It also would allow police to investigate a suspect's relatives if a DNA sample from a crime scene only partially matches the suspect's DNA.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania opposes the measure and says it turns the concept of ``innocent until proven guilty'' on its head.

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