Re: DNA Forensics [was Re: CRYPTO NAZIS]
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 13:54:06 EDT

With very few exceptions, documentary or tangible evidence isn't
"self-authenticating". Even photographs have to have a live witness to
testify that the scene in the photograph accurately depicts some location or event germane to the case at issue. Derivative or analytical evidence, such as a DNA analysis, has to be "sponsored" by a live witness who testifies about how the evidence was obtained and/or created. Such evidence is subject to pretrial discovery (and analysis by opposing parties) and all live witnesses are subject to cross examination. Any statutes that attempt to circumvent these basic principles of due process have zero chance of surviving constitutional scrutiny.

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