DA Cyrus Vance Jr.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. explains why he wants NY state law to allow law enforcement to collect DNA from all criminals, including those found guilty of misdemeanors. 


Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Comments [13]

tom LI

Collected only from the convicted...? So what if after the conviction, the DNA shows the persons innocence?

Is the DA saying that we're still prosecuting people without their DNA link being proved?

Jan. 27 2012 04:48 PM
rose-ellen from jackson hts.

One day in the future there should be a data base containing the dna profile of every person born or living in the country.We take finger prints of infants born today-why not dna?I know it sounds orwellian but why not use technology to exonerate the innocent or convict the criminal?

Jan. 27 2012 02:28 PM
Robert from NYC

LOL we're where we were at the beginning of this... this... this... uh.... We accomplished... uh... uh... hmm... ok bye

Jan. 27 2012 10:45 AM
Gregory from The Bronx

DA Cyrus Vance Jr. needs to bew reminded of the crime lab in Nassau county that was found last year to have altered crime lab results to help acheive convictions. Nevertheless, although I like the general idea I believe that this would be too powerful a tool to be left to a law enforcement culture that has all too often abused its power either unintentionally through incompetence or intentionally, meaning unethically and criminally. Best advice ever given: "never trust a cop," given to me by a cop.

Jan. 27 2012 10:41 AM
Henry from nj

Would they DNA individuals in the financial sector convicted of fraudulent actions?

Jan. 27 2012 10:38 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I'm sorry Nick, if a turnstile jumper or weed smoker has been convicted, not just arrested, of their respected offenses then, as unnerving as it is, they can't complain about their DNA being captured.

Jan. 27 2012 10:37 AM
David F Cope from Manhattan

If Kelley's problems aren't off topic, neither is the DA's failure (unlike his illustrious predecessor) to properly investigate the long-running scandal of gay entrapment arrests, part of the Mayor's campaign to game "nuisance" laws and close down businesses dealing in pornography. If you're not familiar with it, search the archives of Gay City News to read about the many cases of much older gay men arrested by handsome young undercover cops alleging solicitation -- that is, alleging these older men are prostitutes, not the other way around.

Jan. 27 2012 10:35 AM
Bob from Huntington

There seems to be an alarming disconnect between Cuomo's wholesale endorsement of a DNA database of anyone convicted of a crime and his effort to eliminate the use of fingerprinting--which he calls intrusive and offensive--as a means of preventing food stamp fraud.

Would the Occupy Wall Street protestors who are arrested for exercising their right to freedom of speech have to submit DNA samples?

Is having a swab thrust down your throat somehow not intrusive and offensive?

Jan. 27 2012 10:34 AM

I think it will help with recidivism.

Jan. 27 2012 10:33 AM
Nick from UWS

"There is no know instance in NY State of DNA being mishandled." If you believe that, you must also be religious.

Jan. 27 2012 10:32 AM
Leo from Queens

Can you ask Mr. Vance the following:

(1) when you say convicted, does that include individuals who have been forced to take a plea deal and are therefore found to be 'guilty'? like those charged with crimes due to illegal searches on the part of the NYPD?
(2) when you say all crimes, does this include also white collar crimes and crimes of corruption which is the biggest threat to New Yorkers?

(3) does he think he can do a fair job investigating the alledged rape of the police commissioner's son when he depends on the Commish for his success as a prosecutor and given his poor record in addressing rape and violence against women?

Jan. 27 2012 10:32 AM

CV jr, sounds like central casting's version of a politician

Jan. 27 2012 10:28 AM
Nick from UWS

What, they're going to take a DNA sample from a turnstile jumper? Smoking a joint? What kind of Orwellian nonsense is this?

Jan. 27 2012 10:28 AM

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