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DNA - A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook Inventory

Common Defense Challenge

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Prosecutors sometimes encounter a defense challenge to the statistical methodology applied in cold hit cases. The defense argues that since the defendant was identified through a search of a large database as opposed to the more typical situation in which the profile of a single suspect is compared to the evidence DNA sample, the State cannot use the usual method of statistical calculation; i.e., the product rule.

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