NEWS of the Day - June 28, 2012
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day - June 28, 2012
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles from local newspapers and other sources constitutes but a small percentage of the information available to the community policing and neighborhood activist public. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view ...

We present this simply as a convenience to our readership ...

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Circumcision to be considered a crime in Germany?

Cologne court rules non-medical circumcision is serious interference in human body's integrity

Non-medical circumcision is a "serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body,” a German court ruled this week. An article in Germany's Financial Times said that the ruling renders religious circumcisions performed by Jews and Muslims a crime.

According to the article, which was quoted on the German English-language news website The Local, German doctors performing circumcisions that are not medically necessary have until now operated in a grey legal area. Until now they could claim that they were unaware that performing a circumcision is a crime.

The Cologne District Court addressed the issue after a Muslim doctor performed a circumcision on a four-year-old boy. Two days later the boy's mother brought the child to the emergency room because he was bleeding.

Charges were subsequently brought against the doctor, who was found not guilty in the first instance, but the prosecutor appealed.

"The ruling is enormously important above all for doctors because it's the first time that they have a legal certainty," Holm Putzke of the University of Passau told the Financial Times.

“The court has, in contrast to many politicians, not allowed itself to be scared by the fear of being criticized as anti-Semitic or opposed to religion,” Putzke said.

"This decision could not only affect future legal rulings but in the best case it could lead to a change of consciousness among the affected religions when it comes to respecting the basic rights of children."



South Carolina

Serial rapist cold case uses federal DNA database

by Ryan Naquin

A national DNA database is turning the tide on cold cases.

Tuesday, Surfside Beach police assisted Charlotte police in charging a man with three rapes that occurred in 1979.

To link Surfside Beach resident Jerry Brooks, 62, to the crimes, police used a DNA database called the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

"It's pretty much like a fingerprint database in that you've got these two codes sitting on a server. You submit this other set of codes, and it either matches or it doesn't," said Surfside Beach Police Chief Mike Frederick.

In 2010, more than 100,000 crimes were matched to convicted felons and missing persons' DNA in the CODIS database.

In 1979, police did not have a match for the DNA, it had as evidence for what was called the "Ski Mask Rapist" file. So those cases went cold.

Brooks later went to prison for bank robbery.

As a part of his probation when he was released, his DNA was put into the CODIS system.

Charlotte police recently opened up the serial rapist file, and Brooks popped up as a clear match.

Horry County Crime Scene Supervisor Peter Cestare said if handled properly, DNA evidence can last indefinitely, even those preserved in 1979.

"DNA is going to be there forever. It is going to be there long after you and I are gone," said Lieutenant Cestare.

Right now, three Horry County cold cases sit in the database waiting for a match.

Cestare said advancements in DNA technology have led states to increase the amount of time a suspect can be tried.

"DNA has changed the Statute of Limitations on so many crimes because the DNA may not present itself for twenty thirty years."

Cestare said the system is not only a blessing for victims, but thousands of suspects wrongly accused and convicted of crimes have been set free by DNA evidence used in CODIS.

Horry County Police Sergeant Robert Kegler said police solved a double Homicide in 2009 using the CODIS system, after a man whose DNA matched evidence was arrested in Tennessee.