Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Chimeric Criminals

8 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2012 Last revised: 24 Feb 2014

David H. Kaye

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Date Written: April 7, 2012

Abstract

According to the book Genetic Justice: DNA Databanks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties — described as “the single most comprehensive articulation of the civil-liberties concerns associated with law-enforcement DNA databases,” “a series of measured arguments,” and “a touchstone for debates about the spread of DNA profiling” — an obscure genetic condition known as chimerism “could undermine the very basis of the forensic DNA system” and force a reconsideration of “the entire project of forensic DNA.” This conclusion is as unfounded as it is unnerving. Chimerism is a consideration in, but not a real obstacle to DNA identification. This essay explains why.

Keywords: DNA evidence, false exonerations, chimerism

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., Chimeric Criminals (April 7, 2012). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2012; Penn State Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4-2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2035945

David H. Kaye (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

Paper statistics

Downloads
148
Rank
167,761
Abstract Views
938