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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] CNN article: The government has your baby's DNA
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:41:28 -0500
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The innocent are far less likely to be falsely convicted if both they and the
actual perpetrator are accurately identified.

No solution, here, is entirely good or entirely bad. You weigh the upside
against the downside. My balance on this one comes out in favor of universal
fingerprinting and DNA testing.

As I said, before, we will have to agree to disagree.


P.S. Who said anything about IQ tests?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Lawrence Mayka
> Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 3:28 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [DNA] CNN article: The government has your baby's DNA
> The cost: my freedom, due to false conviction.
> The benefit: a raise and promotion for a low-IQ detective who doesn't
> understand the details of DNA or even fingerprint interpretation.
> You do realize that many police departments reject any
> applicant whose IQ
> score is high enough to challenge the status quo?
> onnecticut-jud
> ge-rules-that-police-can-bar-high-iq-scores.html?pagewanted=1
> ---
> A Federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was
> barred from the New
> London police force because he scored too high on an
> intelligence test.
> ---
> This practice of rejecting intelligent applicants is apparently quite
> widespread, perhaps even standardized. A friend who worked
> for a police
> department here in Illinois reported a similar policy: They routinely
> reject any applicant with an IQ over 120.
> > From: [mailto:genealogy-dna-
> > ] On Behalf Of Diana Gale Matthiesen
> > It's cost-benefit. Surely someone who believes in
> > capitalism understands this one.

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