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NCJ Number: 118967 Find in a Library
Title: DNA Fingerprinting and the Law
Journal: Modern Law Review  Volume:51  Issue:2  Dated:(March 1988)  Pages:145-155
Author(s): R M White; J J D Greenwood
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The nature of the DNA fingerprinting process; its legal applications, particularly to immigration law and civil liberties; and the major political consequences are described.
Abstract: DNA fingerprinting can be used to identify suspects of crime where the perpetrator has left traces of organic material; It can also be used to eliminate the innocent. Ancestry can also be determined by this process which can be especially important in cases of disputed parenthood. DNA fingerprinting can be utilized to establish entitlement of Commonwealth immigrants. Under British Immigration Rules, new entrants must provide proof that they are related to their sponsor. The process, according to the author, may not be so much of a God-send as a major embarrassment to governments who may want to maintain the lengthy and difficult procedure of proving identification to reduce the number of those wishing to enter the country. On the other hand, DNA fingerprinting could be utilized to prevent citizens from leaving the country. And as a threat to civil liberties, DNA fingerprinting could be utilized as well to provide a forgery-proof method for accurately identifying every member of the population. 35 notes.
Main Term(s): DNA fingerprinting
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Discrimination; Immigrants/Aliens
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