Daily Archives: September 25, 2018

Murder case deploying cutting edge DNA analysis moves to appeals court

A San Diego murder case that questions whether the creator of a sophisticated, computer-driven DNA analysis technique that is gaining wide use in crime labs across the country should be required to share the computer source code with defense lawyers is now in the hands of the 4th District Court of Appeal.
The case of Florencio Jose Dominguez has attracted attention from criminal justice groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Aid Society of New York. At issue is how the increasing use of new forensic tools — which rely on complex computer programs developed largely by private companies — can be questioned in court proceedings.