Another politicians trying to make a name for themselves by making a bill that will NOT PREVENT any crime. It may help solve one after the fact, but that is all. If I knew the government would not abuse the database, I'd be all for this, but we know they always do abuse stuff.
By Rebekka Schramm
Named After Lawrenceville Woman Murdered In Tennessee
ATLANTA -- A state lawmaker wants Georgia to become the 21st state to require defendants to give DNA samples at the time of arrest, rather than waiting until after conviction.
State Rep. Rob Tiehlet (Email), a Smyrna democrat, is sponsoring a bill he’s calling the Johnia Berry Act. It’s named for a 21-year-old Lawrenceville woman who was murdered in her apartment while a graduate student at the University of Tennessee in 2004.
- And I am so sick and tired of politicians exploiting people, when they are in pain, and humanizing laws by attaching someone's name to it. Who would knock down a law with someone's name attached to it? They know this as well.
Berry’s mother Joan wears a locket around her neck that contains a photo of her daughter and a locket of her hair. “I wear it every day,” she said.
Mike Berry is Johnia’s father. “I would never want anybody to get a call at 5 o’clock in the morning in Knoxville to identify the body of their daughter,” he said.
- Who doesn't want that? But, this bill would not prevent this either. It's just another way for the government to intrude into our lives, while exploiting fear.
Johnia’s case went unsolved for three years. Then finally, there was a DNA match from Taylor Lee Olson, who was convicted on an unrelated crime.
- So, it was unrelated, so how did they get his DNA in the first place?
Tielhet, who is running for Attorney General, wants the same thing to happen in Georgia. “Currently in Georgia, DNA samples are taken only from a very limited number of felony convictions,” Tielhet said.
- Of course he's running for something, that is why these issues come out, to help them get elected! I can see it now, they arrest you for some speeding ticket or something, get your DNA, then say "My bad, you are free to go now!"
The Berrys never got to see their daughter’s alleged killer face justice. Olson committed suicide in 2007. Still, they want Georgia’s DNA database expanded to prevent crimes and keep others from going unsolved. “I miss her every day, and our life will never be the same,” said Joan Berry.
- So he committed suicide. What justice would you have liked done? Having a DNA database, even if they got DNA from birth of everyone, would not "prevent" anything! You people are living in Wonderland!
The biggest obstacle in getting the bill passed likely will be the cost. Expanding Georgia’s DNA database would likely cost more than $6 million a year. Plus, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is already struggling to keep up with a backlog of DNA evidence.
- Not including the abuse of people's right of privacy! But, people's rights don't matter, right?
In response to reporters’ questions about the price tag, Tiehlet said, “What budget item would you put above this?”