Mon March 12, 2012
"CSI effect" making it tougher to try cases without DNA
A bill currently making its way through the legislature would require more people convicted of crimes to submit samples of their DNA to the state's DNA databank.
That means the cutting-edge forensic science could be used to solve more crimes.
The bill passed the State Senate in January, and Governor Cuomo has called on the Assembly to do the same. Even celebrities, like Law & Order SVU's Mariska Hargitay have voiced support for the legislation.
But people who work in the criminal justice system say TV crime dramas are increasingly influencing juries, and giving people the wrong ideas about how forensic science actually works.