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"Grim Sleeper" Case Doesn't Justify Expanding the Reach of DNA Databases

By Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California at 12:30pm
Last week, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers arrested a suspect they believe is the elusive "Grim Sleeper" serial killer responsible for 11 murders across South Los Angeles, dating as far back as 1985. The arrest made national news, in part because the LAPD broke the case by using a controversial new technique known as "familial DNA" searching. Prosecutors are now using this success to argue that familial DNA should be used more widely.
You Have the Right to Remain Spied On

You Have the Right to Remain Spied On

By Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California at 4:26pm

Yesterday, a district court judge threw out claims brought by members of Southern California’s Muslim community that the FBI undertook a massive operation to surveil them on the basis of their religion.

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