September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
April 25, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The Maryland Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down a law allowing police to collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries, finding it an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment. The question was whether the government interest in collecting and testing a DNA ...[read more]
March 24, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On March 24, 2010, the US Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution for convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner following his request for DNA testing to prove his innocence. The Court granted the stay just one hour prior to Skinner's scheduled execution. Skinner requested access to DNA ...[read more]
November 8, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday stayed the execution of convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner in order to review changes to a state law that may permit DNA testing in relation to his case. Skinner, who was convicted in 1995 of killing his girlfriend, Twila Jean Busby, and her two ...[read more]
October 23, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On October 23, 2007, the National Assembly of France passed controversial immigration legislation that allowed voluntary DNA testing to establish family ties between recent immigrants and relatives already living in France. Although earlier versions of the bill had provided for mandatory testing, ...[read more]
October 9, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On October 9, 2004, both the US Senate and the House of Representatives passed legislation which expanded the access of rape victims and convicted felons to DNA testing. The Justice for All Act of 2004 increased funding for processing backlogs of DNA samples from rape kits and death row cases and ...[read more]
September 28, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
Kashmir's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced on Tuesday that officials will carry out DNA tests on the thousands of bodies recently uncovered in unmarked graves in the country's northern region. Abdullah called for families of missing persons to provide DNA samples for testing. The ...[read more]
March 7, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in Skinner v. Switzer that a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert a civil rights claim under Section 1983. Texas death row inmate Henry Skinner filed a 1983 claim seeking access to DNA evidence that he be... ...[read more]
October 13, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Skinner v. Switzer on a convicted prisoner's right to seek access to DNA testing. The issue is whether a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert a civil rights claim under Section 1983 or if such a ...[read more]
March 25, 2010
by Steve Czajkowski
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a temporary stay of execution for convicted murderer Henry Hank Skinner who requested DNA testing be conducted in his case to prove his innocence. The court granted the stay just one hour prior to Skinner's execution and will now decide wheth... ...[read more]

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