New legal term: 'spit and acquit'

dnawindow.jpgIn tomorrow's Daily Journal, staff writer Don DeBenedictis writes that Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas has been dismissing felony drug charges if defendants submit their DNA samples. Upset judges and lawyers have taken to calling it "spit and acquit," but the DA's office says the practice reduces costs, frees prosecutors to focus on violent felonies and helps build the county's database of DNA evidence.

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