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Some cases in O.C. could be dropped if offenders give a sample of their DNA -- and pay a $75 fee

People arrested for nonviolent misdemeanor crimes in Orange County can now opt to give a sample of their DNA, along with a $75 processing fee, to the district attorney in exchange for their charges being dropped.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the resolution at Tuesday’s meeting; Supervisor Janet Nguyen was not present.

In the past, people pleading guilty were asked to give a sample of their DNA. Extending the option to those not pleading guilty will allow the district attorney’s office to offset the costs of processing the DNA during a tough budget year, said Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.

People would be given the option to have their cases treated “informally” if they donated their DNA, he said, and they might be given the option of giving the sample along with attending classes and paying restitution so that charges are not filed.

“There’d be no necessity for a guilty plea, and a dismissal, or anything like that,” Rackauckas said. “It’s advantageous to the defense, and it’s advantageous to us, because we’re able to handle more cases with fewer resources.”

Adding the DNA sample to the growing local database could also act as a deterrent for potential criminals and a useful investigative tool for law enforcement, Rackauckas said.

But board watchdog Darrell Nolta spoke against the resolution. He questioned the voluntary nature of the samples and the lack of oversight on the DNA database.

“Mr. Rackauckas is going to have his own private proprietary database of these samples, with no effective oversight,” Nolta said. “God forbid what he’s ultimately going to do, and what his replacement will do with that DNA.”

-- Tami Abdollah, in Orange County

 
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No way...no how...no way...
no accountability ...no liability for the initial arrest and charge ...and you want them to even pay the fee...WHATHA...
This could become the biggest scam of arrests ...take your dna property...at $75.00 each ....wow...millions and millions of dollars can be made alone with this taking of dna property and $75.00...it will add up quick...
Also...this courthouse in orange county can already use false evidene on you to deceive a jury and has some crooked public court employees who will not correct a court record that evidence of innocence was tampered with from court record/jury...
no way you can allow authorities to have even more control of evidence taking from or putting on the scales of justice.

This is giving these authorities far too much power to mis-use and abuse their authority over another citizen under color of law...
as it stands now...they should be giving those persons arrested due process rights reading warning...
that false evidence can be used against them in a jury trial...
that evidence of innocence can be deleted removed tampered with from court record and jury...
that this evidence concealment of innocence and planting framing false evidence to the jury to use against you...will not be corrected...by some who are public funded employed...
They need to warn and give a reading of the prosecutions rights...
orange county justice... they can do that.

Where on earth does the District Attorney get the power to extort DNA samples and the DNA processing fee from people charged with nonviolent misdemeanor offenses?

This is a gross invasion of privacy that will be accomplished by means of extortion. One hopes the courts--or perhaps the Board of Supervisors--will tell this D.A. he is out of line.

They need to stop and halt this program immediately...
orange county type justice can already go along with using false evidence against you ...instructing a jury through the use of false evidence goes against the Constitution...
they can also go along with concealing evidence of innocence-no crime occured-and conceal the motive of the main prosecution witness ...
they do not correct the record and they do not correct injustice...
California cannot allow for this courthouse office to get away with using false evidence in a printed document and concealing evidence ...
you cannot allow them to set up people with this type of evidence here...they won't correct.

But they just want a sample of your DNA for the national database.

Screw them!

This sounds like something for new arrestees, not someone who has already gone through the system, which seems to be biased and by all means, faulty! Selling your DNA to the county would be a set up for just about anything. You wouldn't even have an argument to try to prove your innocence because they could "arrange" your guilt. I would rather go through the whole dirty process before I sold myself to them.


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