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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court


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Potential postconviction cases can be classified into five broad categories to assist in the consideration of whether DNA testing should be pursued.

Depending on the legal standard governing State postconviction DNA testing in the applicable jurisdiction, DNA testing may be of value in appropriate cases that are classified into categories 1-3. 1 DNA testing will likely not be performed in cases that fall into categories 4 or 5.

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