Oklahoma House defeats bill to require DNA samples prior to suspect’s conviction
By Associated Press
5:11 PM CDT, May 20, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly defeated legislation that would authorize officials to take DNA samples from suspects accused of felonies and violent misdemeanors before they go to trial.
The House voted 82-14 Thursday to kill the bill after opponents said it eroded the rights of individuals who may be innocent of the accusation against them.
OKLAHOMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Fifty-Second Legislature First Regular Session HOUSE BILL 2941 DNA Index System; require person arrested for a felony Nelson or certain misdemeanor CCR FAILED YEAS: 14 RCS# 2871 NAYS: 82 5/20/2010 EXC : 5 2:52 PM C/P : 0 YEAS: 14 Billy Denney McDaniel, J. Steele Carey Hamilton Nelson Mr. Speaker Coody Hickman Osborn Cox McCullough Rousselot NAYS: 82 Armes Holland McNiel Scott Auffet Hoskin McPeak Sears Bailey Inman Miller Shannon Banz Jackson Moore Shelton Brannon Jett Morrissette Sherrer Brown Johnson Murphey Shoemake Buck Jones Ortega Shumate Cannaday Jordan Ownbey Sullivan Christian Joyner Peters Terrill Collins Kern Peterson Thompson Cooksey Key Pittman Thomsen Dank Kiesel Proctor Tibbs Derby Kirby Pruett Trebilcock DeWitt Kouplen Renegar Walker Dorman Lamons Reynolds Watson Duncan Liebmann Richardson Wesselhoft Enns Luttrell Ritze Williams Faught Martin, Sc Roan Wright, H. Fields Martin, St. Russ Wright, J. Glenn McAffrey Sanders Harrison McDaniel, R. Schwartz EXCUSED: 5 Blackwell Morgan Smithson Hilliard Nations CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVILEGE: 0
DNA upon Arrest
HB 2751 now HB 2941
By Rep. Lee “I Feel” Denney
“I felt like if we could get their DNA upon arrest and they commit serial crimes we could catch them faster” Says Rep. Lee Denney.
This is an outrage!
Rep. Lee Denney has no concept of presumption of innocence and no respect for the fundamental precepts of individual liberty that our nation was founded upon!
I nominate her the honorary Communitarian of the Year Award for her utilitarian approach to criminal justice.
The ENDS DO NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS Rep. Denney-wrong country!
watch and listen to the debate (click HB2941 Nelson)
Read the ccr Bill