Currently in Wisconsin, certain individuals are required to submit DNA samples to law enforcement for cataloging. However, under a proposal submitted by the state's Department of Justice, DNA samples would not only be required from individuals convicted of felony charges, but also from those convicted of many kinds of misdemeanors.
In the past year, we have written about several major drug busts by law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin. These busts often come at the end of months of investigation and usually involve dozens of arrests in a short period of time.
We have previously written about the high number of wrongful convictions which have been overturned recently by advancements in DNA testing. Wisconsin's efforts to update its criminal DNA database should hopefully continue to reduce and rectify wrongful convictions. Most of these wrongful convictions were based on faulty eyewitness testimony.
Late last month, we wrote that the criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was unraveling quickly. At that time, there were rumors that the charges would eventually be dropped. In May, Strauss-Kahn had been arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a maid who worked at the hotel where he was staying.
Last week, we began a discussion about the damage caused by false allegations of rape. Because of heavy and biased media coverage, defendants often suffer serious damage to their reputation, career and finances even if they are later acquitted.
Earlier this month, we wrote about the accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), former head of the International Monetary Fund. The rape charges against him are likely to be dropped, but he has already suffered damage to his reputation, his finances and his future prospects as a result of the charges.
Last month, we posted that drunk driving charges are not always as solid as they appear. In Wisconsin, police use a combination of field sobriety tests and breath, blood or urine tests to build a criminal case against a suspected drunk driver.