Reader: We should dump rape kit DNA from people not charged with crimes

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Yesterday, we posted about Kelly Binder, who inspired a new law calling for the testing of all rape kits -- but her own kit hasn't been tested because, authorities say, no charges were brought in her case.

Binder still wants the kit tested, but one reader passionately objects.

CloudGang writes:

"As a result, DNA from possible perpetrators would not surface as a match if the man committed another sexual assault in the future."

We absolutely should not keep innocent persons DNA profiles in a database! Why would anyone think this ok? We all know too well, that false accusations, specifically false rape claims, are very common.

Obviously the detectives decision to not charge the "perpetrator" was for good reason. Since when did society start invading peoples privacy in order to feel safe? If someone accused me of any crime and the police find no wrong doing,why should my DNA profile be stored and be called a "possible perpetrator" AFTER I been cleared? This whole story sounds fishy. Maybe a false reporting charge is due.....for the "victim."

"It is more important that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt be punished; for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world, that all of them cannot be punished.... when innocence itself, is brought to the bar and condemned, especially to die, the subject will exclaim, 'it is immaterial to me whether I behave well or ill, for virtue itself is no security.' And if such a sentiment as this were to take hold in the mind of the subject that would be the end of all security whatsoever."

-- Sir William Blackstone

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