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Monday, October 19, 2009

"Indicting DNA Profiles is Vital in Old Rape Cases"

That is the title of the article, in yesterday's New York Times, which can be found here.

The lead:

Nearly 10 years had passed since a college student was raped on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and with no known suspect in the 1993 case, the police were not close to an arrest. But what they did have was nearly as critical: the rapist’s DNA profile.

Prosecutors in Manhattan — aware that the legal clock for bringing a case was running out — devised the novel strategy of indicting the rapist’s DNA. Four years later, the sample was connected to a man, Victor Rondon; he was eventually convicted and sentenced to 44 to 107 years in prison.

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All claims attributed to DNA should be seen in the context of the
literary allusion known as,

"Desdemona's handkerchief".

Specifically, Iago's words from
Act 3, scene 3 of "Othello"
by William Shakespeare

"I will in Cassio's lodging
lose this napkin, and let
him find it".

Posted by: Daniel P Quinn | Oct 19, 2009 7:59:20 PM

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