Relying on a Rapist

Civil libertarians battle a city DNA database the hard way

Newman is continuing a search for more sympathetic cases of people who want their DNA profiles expunged from Linkage and are willing to sue the city. For now, his best bet appears to be another rape case.

In that instance, DNA was taken in connection with an arrest in the Bronx. The original charges were dropped, but using the defendant’s DNA profile from the Linkage database, police connected him with a rape in Brooklyn.

Newman declined to provide any other details, saying that he had not gotten permission to discuss the case publicly. But those details, like in the case of Hendrix, may not really help matters.

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