Native American DNA Testimony Stricken In Child Sexual Assault Case

Mealey's (March 7, 2016, 8:18 AM EST) -- PRESCOTT, Ariz. — An expert cannot testify that a partial DNA profile from a sexual assault crime scene is not expected to occur in more than one in 35 Native Americans, an Arizona federal judge held March 2, saying that the testimony is not reliable because it is probably based on unrepresentative data (United States of America v. Theodore Kootswatewa, No. CR-15-08034, D. Ariz.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25936).

(Order available. Document #96-160311-020R.)

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