New York OK's family-DNA searches for suspects, amid debate

New York OK's family-DNA searches for suspects, amid debate

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York is becoming the latest U.S. state to let law enforcement hunt for suspects by identifying their relatives through DNA. 
 
The state Commission on Forensic Science voted Friday to allow what's known as familial DNA searching in murder, rape and some other cases as soon as this fall. 
 
Spokeswoman Janine Kava says the new policy ``will provide law enforcement with a proven scientific tool to help investigate and solve serious crimes.'' 
 
At least 10 other states and some other countries use the technique. It's been credited with cracking such high-profile cases as Los Angeles' Grim Sleeper serial killings. 
 
Yet at least two jurisdictions have prohibited the practice. Civil liberties advocates consider it a troubling DNA dragnet that can sweep up law-abiding people for scrutiny because of family ties.

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