Numerous new laws go into effect July 1

Police will collect DNA samples from everybody arrested in a felony in New Mexico starting July 1. The bill, called Katie's Law, expands an existing statute that required DNA collections in certain felonies, mostly crimes of violence. Full Story
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Since: Oct 10

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 21, 2011
...and here we go....
AmeriKanSheeple

Rogers, AR

#2 Jun 21, 2011
And the sheeple sleep. Felons now, everybody else later.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#3 Jun 21, 2011
RIP J Gomez
Ueber Liberal Elite

United States

#4 Jun 21, 2011
You know this is funny. The same folks who snivel about this statute, are the same who cry foul when murderers and rapists are let go because prosecutors don't have the definitive proof of their guilt. With this DNA database, courts can now have the capability to definitively prove someones guilt and will provide faster and higher convictions.
Frustrated

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 21, 2011
If this represents the best efforts of our politicians, no wonder the State is in such poor shape. If the best we can do is argue over "dog rights", it's obvious our politicians are not taking-on the more difficult subjects such as alcholism, poor education, and poor politicians.
Next

Santa Fe, NM

#7 Jun 21, 2011
AmeriKanSheeple wrote:
And the sheeple sleep. Felons now, everybody else later.
will be the mentally ill - ya bettah watch out!
Ueber Liberal Elite

United States

#8 Jun 21, 2011
And if I may add, a DNA database may very well prove one's innocence as well as guilt.

http://truthinjustice.org/rowley-lee.htm
william

Grants, NM

#9 Jun 21, 2011
I think if you get the parents and spank them it would be more of a show,if the they let them get a way with things at home then what else do you think they will do.
Cynical Optimist

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 21, 2011
Wow. For once I agree with what our elected officials have done.
Cynical Optimist

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jun 21, 2011
Frustrated wrote:
If this represents the best efforts of our politicians, no wonder the State is in such poor shape. If the best we can do is argue over "dog rights", it's obvious our politicians are not taking-on the more difficult subjects such as alcholism, poor education, and poor politicians.
Did you not read the article? "Dog rights" as you put it was just one of the laws that were passed. How like some people to pick out the least important thing and act like that was all that was done. Katie's Law has been a long time coming. Would you want your 12 year old to have to take the stand in a courtroom or be able to testify on videotape? Crisis Management for police officers; maybe we can lessen the number of officer involved shootings. Anything wrong with keeping an eye on how schools are spending our money? And back to the "dog rights". It allows willing restaurants with outdoor seating to allow patrons to bring their dogs. Is that so bad? Take your dog to lunch.
git

Rio Rancho, NM

#13 Jun 21, 2011
Isnt everybody who mucks with the cops mental?
huhhh

Mclean, VA

#14 Jun 21, 2011
There should be exceptions, if the political figure is caught or charged with a felony their DNA will be taking as well. This will also include cops, FBI agents, and so forth. Everyone!
4cnative

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Jun 21, 2011
It a great thing that DNA samples can be used to prove guilt and convict the guilty. Samples should not be taken until guilt is proved, as it should be. What happen to innocent until proven guilty, what happens if a persons dna is kept after they are proven innocent. I have read nothing on how this will be monitored and preventions for abuse are not addressed, cops, judges and prosecuters are criminals too. A prosecuter or cop may take it personally if the person is found innocent and this official of the law decides to keep dna samples "just in case". There is potential for abuse. Another freedom lost spurred by FEAR mongerers. FEAR is the catalyst that drives the citizens of this country to give up their freedoms so willingly, like sheep to the slaughter.
ajuntx

Tularosa, NM

#17 Jun 21, 2011
Jake-Co wrote:
<quoted text>I agree with Katie's law.However,no one should ever,ever have to prove their innocence.This should be a given until proven guilty.
LMAO: Apparently you have never dealt with the IRS, OR the now, infamous, and GROWING TSA.
Liberal Hypocrite

Carlsbad, NM

#18 Jun 21, 2011
Ueber Liberal Elite wrote:
And if I may add, a DNA database may very well prove one's innocence as well as guilt.
http://truthinjustice.org/rowley-lee.htm
Because in our criminal justice system the defendant has to prove his/her innocence.

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#19 Jun 21, 2011
I really hope you're being sarcastic.
Liberal Hypocrite wrote:
<quoted text>
Because in our criminal justice system the defendant has to prove his/her innocence.
Linda

Santa Fe, NM

#20 Jun 21, 2011
Frustrated wrote:
If this represents the best efforts of our politicians, no wonder the State is in such poor shape. If the best we can do is argue over "dog rights", it's obvious our politicians are not taking-on the more difficult subjects such as alcholism, poor education, and poor politicians.
There IS a connection between how we treat people & dogs. If we are kind-hearted,it shows is all areas of our lives. If we are not, that shows as well.

I do not, however think that all felony arrests warrant having a DNA sample collected.
if there

Los Alamos, NM

#21 Jun 21, 2011
Ueber Liberal Elite wrote:
You know this is funny. The same folks who snivel about this statute, are the same who cry foul when murderers and rapists are let go because prosecutors don't have the definitive proof of their guilt. With this DNA database, courts can now have the capability to definitively prove someones guilt and will provide faster and higher convictions.
is probable cause DNA can be taken from a rape suspect, even before this law passed. People weren't being let go because of a lack of evidence.

If there is no probable cause, the 4th amendment is being violated.
Larry

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Jun 21, 2011
It is nice to see proactive change!! Well done!
no way

Farmington, NM

#25 Jun 21, 2011
huhhh wrote:
There should be exceptions, if the political figure is caught or charged with a felony their DNA will be taking as well. This will also include cops, FBI agents, and so forth. Everyone!
yeah right, they will excuse each other from this.

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