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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

John Doe Warrants (cont.)

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The question courts will have to resolve is whether a DNA identification, or use of the names John or Jane Doe coupled with facts describing the criminal event, will "put the adversary on notice to defend within a specified period of time."

At least one State appellate court has approved a DNA identification "John Doe" warrant for statute of limitation purposes. 22

The Wisconsin decision in Dabney 22, suggests that such a warrant would be made stronger if it also included, where available, a physical description of the person suspected of committing a crime.

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