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Dean Mnookin Speaks with The Sacramento Bee on Use of Genealogy Site in Identifying East Area Rapist

UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin spoke with The Sacramento Bee on law enforcement’s use of an “open-source” genealogy site, GEDmatch, for providing the missing DNA link in identifying the East Area Rapist. Mnookin states that even if law enforcement officials breached the website's policies by uploading crime-scene DNA material, they likely did not violate DeAngelo's constitutional rights. "I doubt it would get tossed out of court on that basis," Mnookin says.

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