Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The next big Southwest Virginia DNA case

The Roanoke paper reports here that DNA testing is being used to nail the suspect in the Town of Appalachia voting fraud case, on which Tim McAfee is the special prosecutor.

The plan is to see whose saliva was used on the envelope used to send in an absentee ballot.

In the office here, I discovered some years ago that we have a little gadget with a sponge on it, sort of like this, to be used in place of licking envelopes. I had not previously thought of it as as mechanism for avoiding identification - sort of an envelope glue anonymizer.

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