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Unit 2: Criminal Law
CHAPTER 7: BRINGING THE ACCUSED TO TRIAL
E-ACTIVITY: DNA (p. 203)
Activity: Give a Group Presentation on a DNA Issue
In recent years, DNA evidence has been used on both sides of the law, either to incriminate a suspect or to prove that he or she could not possibly have committed the crime. Forensic DNA has been used not only in recent cases, but also in cases that are decades old. Occasionally DNA evidence has played a crucial role in clearing wrongfully convicted individuals. What is the history of DNA as a tool in the courtroom? How is DNA evidence technology being used in Canada today?
In this activity, you will prepare a group presentation about a DNA issue.
1. Begin by visiting the Web site of the National
DNA Data Ban. Read the "Welcome" address on the home page
and consider the following topics. Click on the appropriate icon in the
sidebar at the left of the main page to access information on each topic.
2. In groups of three, select one of the possible areas of research listed above and prepare a group presentation on the topic indicated. Each student is responsible for research notes on one aspect of the topic and for presenting the material in an oral presentation in class.
3. As an extension of your research, visit the Web site of the Solicitor General for Canada and summarize the main points of a press release on the new DNA Data Bank.
4. Under the Technology link at the National
DNA Data Bank Web site , click on "Canada's Data Bank Need Addressed:
The RCMP Bank on Crime Fighting Success," which appears at the end
of the file, to download the PDF file of this article about the data bank.
Summarize key points of interest about the use of DNA in fighting crime.