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BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: May 21, 2009 at 10:40 am •  Published: May 21, 2009
"Justice delayed is justice denied for the families of victims. By using DNA, we can identify more of these criminals, arrest them and provide closure to many Oklahoma families.”

Denney said she eventually would like to see DNA samples taken from those who are arrested for violent felonies.

Bob Ravitz, chief public defender for Oklahoma County, has said he’s concerned about the growing number of people required to submit DNA.

"I think the misdemeanors go a little bit too far,” Ravitz said.

"The end result is I guess you could take almost anybody’s DNA.”

Ravitz said the argument could be made that DNA should be taken from everyone, and then the only issue is "at what time does it invade our privacy sufficiently that we’re going to get upset about it? Is it where somebody’s arrested? Is it where somebody goes to school? Or where somebody’s born?”

The bill was written by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, who said law enforcement officers call this a much-needed tool.

"As a former prosecutor, I know that DNA evidence can help us get some of our most violent criminals off the streets and prevent them from victimizing others,” said Nichols, R-Norman.

Who’ll be affected?

Anyone convicted of the following misdemeanors are required to provide a DNA sample:

• Assault and battery.

• Domestic abuse.

• Stalking.

• Possession of controlled substance, schedule IV.

• Outraging public decency.

• Resisting arrest.

• Escape.

• Eluding a police officer.

• Peeping tom.

• Pointing a firearm.

• Unlawfully carrying firearm.

• Illegal transportation of firearm.

• Discharging a firearm.

• Threatening an act of violence.

• Breaking and entering.

• Destruction of property.

• Negligent homicide.

• Causing injury while driving under the influence.


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