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Enid Camps, California Deputy AG: John Doe DNA Warrants and DNA Data Banks

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April 21, 2009 12:45pm - 2:00pm

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Can warrants like the one above, based on DNA found at a crime scene, stop the statute of limitations from running on a crime? What if a DNA match is found, but the suspect's DNA was taken unlawfully? Enid Camps will describe her experiences as attorney for the state in People v. Robinson, a case currently before the California Supreme Court, addressing these questions about John Doe DNA warrants and appropriate remedies for unlawful collection of DNA evidence. Ms. Camps is a Deputy Attorney General for the state of California and the assigned legal advisor to the California Department of Justice DNA Laboratory. She primarily handles DNA cases at the appellate level, which have helped define the law on DNA admissibility in California. Additionally, she drafted, in conjunction with the state's DOJ DNA Lab, the "DNA and Forensic Identification Data Base and Data Bank Act of 1998," which governs the operation of California's DNA Data Bank program.