Thursday, February 05, 2009

Another Bill That MUST DIE!

BUMP & UPDATE - This bill is HB146 and it would allow for DNA collection from anyone ARRESTED FOR A FELONY. Not CONVICTED...only arrested. Today it is in the Government Appropriations committee today. Here are the members of that committee. Y'all need to burn up phone lines and email inboxes on this one and FAST!.

Gerald Allen
Room 531
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7758

Locy Baker
Room 522-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7693

Billy Beasley
Room 625-A
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130

Greg Canfield
Room 625-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7763

Victor Gaston
Room 526-C
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7675

Ronald Grantland
Room 524-A
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7736

Laura Hall
Room 518
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7688

Jody Letson
Room 541-A
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7767

Jay Love
Room 527-A
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7716

Charles Newton
Room 541-E
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4460

Yusuf Salaam
Room 539-E
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7746

Tommy Sherer
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Room 522-A
(334) 242-7694

Elwyn Thomas
Room 541-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7762


(334) 242-7686


Rep. Ronald Johnson (R - Coosa/Talladega) has pre-filed a bill that would require a DNA sample from all persons ARRESTED for a felony. ARRESTED not CONVICTED!

The bill is HB146

1. It has to be unconstitutional.

2. If I have only been arrested but not convicted then the state has absolutely no business with my DNA. Think of some of the things that could lead to a felony arrest. Getting caught with a joint more than once or having a of couple bad checks (which will be happening with greater frequency as the economy continues to tank).

3. I have no problem taking the DNA from convicted rapists, sex offenders and murderers...but they do not need the DNA of pot smokers, any non-violent drug offenders, bad check writers and so forth because DNA has nothing to do with solving cases like that.

4. What happens to the DNA if a person isn't convicted of the crime they were charged with? Are we supposed to just trust that the state will expunge it from their DNA database? Yeah right! If that were the case then we wouldn't be fighting for HB59 this year would we?

The sad thing is that HB146 has good parts in it. Every convicted felon should have the right to access DNA testing for their case. You'll get no argument from me there....but the collection of DNA simply for being arrested destroys the entire bill.

We must kill it.



2 comments:

Valis said...

There was a recent incident in the news here, where cops raided a night club, and forced all the patrons into giving a urine sample. The ones who tested positive for drugs were then arrested. Also, one 21 yo girl who was unable to show her ID was beaten so badly by the cops she ended up in hospital with a fractured skull. Welcome to Sunny South Africa!

mdm-adph said...

This law sounds scary. They've had on in the UK for years now -- they're only now trying to get rid of it.