Authorities Find More Uses for DNA Databases

Publication: USA Today

Author: Richard Willing


03/26/2007 - When Brooklyn cab driver Owen Midgley was acquitted of rape in 1997, his lawyer persuaded the judge to seal the case file.

Without telling Midgley, technicians at New York City's medical examiner's laboratory tested his DNA and added his genetic profile to their database of former suspects, arrestees and others never convicted of a crime.

Four years later, Midgley's DNA was matched to an unrelated case — the sexual assault and abduction of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Midgley was convicted of rape, despite his protests that the match violated his privacy.

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