If you weren’t sure what would happen to it or how it might eventually be used, would that make you more likely or less likely to voluntarily provide a DNA sample for a criminal investigation?
That’s the point behind a great Globe editorial today. The way investigators have handled DNA samples collected as part of the investigation of Christa Worthington’s murder on the Cape has not been reassuring.
The ACLU of Massachusetts has sued to stop the creation of a “shadow” databank of DNA profiles, and last month, one of our clients got his DNA sample back. That’s a step in the right direction, but it’s not just the samples that matter. The DNA profiles created from the samples need to be addressed as well.