Family, friends of Denison fight to pass Brianna's law at hearing

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Updated: 3/14/2013 2:09 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Friends and family are fighting to pass a bill they believe could have saved the life of Brianna Denison, a college student who was murdered back in 2008.

The bill would require anyone booked and arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample.

A very similar bill was presented at the state legislature two years ago, but the major difference now according to Sen. Debbie Smith is that this bill is more clear and address privacy concerns about submitting a DNA sample. Sen. Smith says DNA samples don't reveal personal information like race or health.

Jayann Sepich, whose daughter was killed after being abducted says, "It's not about our daughters. There's nothing we can do to bring our daughters back. It's about saving other young women. It's about other mothers who will never have to go through what we've been through."

Edward Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart who was kidnapped, says "If this DNA passes, the criminals are going to be taken off the streets and they're going to be caught. There aren't going to be numerous victims like there have been in the past."

Another concern about the bill is the funding. Sepich says for every $30 spent on DNA samples, it saves the state $27,000.

No decision is expected to be reached today.

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devilish - 3/14/2013 3:06 PM
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When Brianna disappeared the police pulled in a lot of men and demanded dna samples from then. One person in particular told me that the cop said the results of the dna would be destroyed if he was found not to match the dna evidence. Since the arrest of Biela we keep hearing of additional arrests from the dna samples taken from others. I myself would have absolutely refused to give any samples. Not that I did anything wrong but because I feel it was in violation of my rights including constitutional rights. Now the sad thing is anyone during the Brianna search who refused to give dna would find the police making their lives a living hell. Some may balk at that claiming the cops wouldn't do such a thing but it's true. We as citizens are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. An arrest is NOT proof of guilt! Only a conviction is. Taking something out of my body for the purpose using as evidence against me is a violation of my 5th amendment right against being forced to testify against myself. IMHO that includes with a warrant or under the guise of some passed law.

jennlmcw09 - 3/14/2013 1:05 PM
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Elizabeth Smart is still alive..

Kramer - 3/14/2013 12:59 PM
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Violates the fourth and fifth amendments(s),encourages police to"jack up" charges. Won't prevent a first-time crime. I am sympathetic, yet believe in Due Process.

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