State collection of youth’s DNA ruled unlawful

Decision raises bigger issue

Posted: January 26, 2014 at 4:48 a.m.

Crime Lab Director Kermit Channell said that in response to Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister’s order, he will be making changes in the lab’s policies about working with juvenile DNA samples. Channell is shown in this file photo.

The staff at Arkansas’ largest juvenile lockup didn’t abide by state law when it took DNA from a boy last year, according to a copy of a judge’s order issued last week.

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