Partisan Divide Slows DNA-Witness Lineup Measure In Ohio


A bill on DNA testing and witness lineups with major bipartisan backing that supporters call a significant step forward for criminal justice in Ohio remains stuck in the state legislature, seven months after passing the Senate, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The measure has been approved by a House committee. Politically divided for the first time in 14 years, the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate have moved few bills into law during the past 13 months.

The bill would require DNA samples from anyone charged with a felony; open DNA testing to parolees; require law-enforcement agencies to retain biological evidence for up to 30 years in murder and sexual-assault cases; and require “blind” lineups for suspects, in which the officer does not know the identity of the true suspect or which suspect photo the witness is viewing.

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