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Just Science Podcast: Just Lawfully Owed DNA

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July 2021
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Just Lawfully Owed DNA is the first episode of the Research and Considerations for Sexual Assault Cases season. Just Science talked with Dr. Rachel Lovell, Research Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and Mary Weston, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, to discuss lawfully owed DNA.

Lawfully owed DNA is defined as a sample of DNA from a qualifying offender that should have been entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) but was not. Although legislation states that a qualifying offender’s DNA sample must be submitted into CODIS, this historically has not always been the case, resulting in thousands of lawfully owed DNA samples.

Mary Weston and Dr. Rachel Lovell are working to correct this issue in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Listen along as they discuss the collection of lawfully owed DNA samples and the potential legal and research implications associated with this collection in this episode of Just Science.

Date Created: July 21, 2021