SJC Ruling: DNA No Longer Falls Under Statute Of Limitations

BOSTON (CBS) — A DNA match can now get you indicted, even if the crime was committed years ago.

In a unanimous decision, the justices of the Supreme Court ruled that even if the statute of limitations has expired in a case, somebody can be indicted if prosecutors come up with a DNA match.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley applauds the ruling, saying it allows the law to catch up with technology. “We’re hopeful that we improve our technology…  improve our ability to identify people… also to exculpate people. This is also a great step forward to make sure that, as we saw in the past with wrongful convictions, that we get it right.”

The state court’s decision is similar to decisions in at least five other states.

Listen to WBZ News Radio’s Carl Stevens’ report.

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  • cynic

    I really wish something would be done about the washed out blue color in this comment block….I’m going blind trying to read it.

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    Marta, Martha . . .
    Choakley, isn’t she the one who couldn’t indite the past several speakers?! Feds had to do her “Top Cop” job for her. She did indite the childs father who beat his molester . . . nearly bankrupting the family in legal expenses even after the molester fleed back to Mexico!

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    Oh, Bye the way,Marta Choakley lost to BROWN because she was another “Good Ol’ Boy’ . . . only inna skirt and NOT because she was/is a woman!

  • BobsComment

    What about the illegality of ex-post-facto laws? Martha seems to not know about that….

  • cynic

    If The Globe were to cancel her subscription where would she get her cases to bring?

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