Outing the unwitting There’s an old adage that may date back — if internet sources are to be believed — as far as Roman times. 1,154 more words
Great points raised by Judy G. Russell. However, a point not raised is what happens when bad, corrupt, incompetent, lazy, apathetic, or overzealous law enforcement officials or prosecutors go after somebody who is innocent. It doesn’t really matter which category they fall into as an overzealous law enforcement officer who “knows” you did the crime may have no qualms planting your DNA at a crime scene to back up their belief.
Likewise, somebody throws a murder weapon in your trash can and they left no DNA on the weapon, but it comes in contact with your DNA from the trash you threw away. Next, let suppose you have no alibi, or maybe you were doing something illegal that wasn’t as bad as murder, but not something you want to admit. That’s not counting if somebody decides to frame you because of some real or imagined wrong they believe you did to them.
I posted about DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice – ScienceDirect recently. From another source, there are 362 cases involving DNA where they were exonerated – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innocence_Project#Overturned_convictions.