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Submission + - Serial Killer caught via family member's DNA (

darpified writes: Serial Killer caught by the use of 'familial DNA search' in California. The search was done on the felony offenders DNA database for possible family members of the individual that left DNA evidence in the 'Grim Sleeper' killings. Not that I'm defending serial murders, but this seems to be a very slippery slope when you use the felony DNA database in this manner. "California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. said California's familial DNA search program led to the identification and arrest of Franklin.

The program — which was enacted in 2008 against opposition from civil rights groups — uses the DNA of family members to find suspects in cases of great risk to the public, Brown's office said in a press release."

Who gets to define 'great risk'?


Submission + - Reiser found guilty of murder. (

darpified writes: A jury has found an Oakland software programmer guilty in the death of his estranged wife. Hans Reiser was convicted Monday of first degree murder in the death of his wife, Nina.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"