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WLOX Editorial: Change in DNA law needed

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The Mississippi Legislature is considering a new law requiring DNA testing for those charged with murder and other violent crimes. This is a change from current law that allows the state to do DNA testing only after the person is convicted. The change in the law makes sense.

Photographs, fingerprints and now DNA are all good tools for identifying people. The science of matching DNA samples or proving they don't match is a big step toward proving a suspect was present at a crime scene or who should be exonerated.

Of course, this law change will not replace the need for good ole fashioned police work and dedicated investigators who must track down violent criminal suspects.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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