Social media and text messages have provided a new avenue of evidence for prosecutors and defense attorneys alike to find information to support their cases. In many instances, Facebook posts, Twitter rants and text messages are seen as genuine because they are often made spontaneously. Also, investigators can find the exact time the statements were made, and there is little ambiguity about what is said.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would give states about $75 million each to enact legislation that would mirror a federal law that requires DNA collection from people arrested for certain crimes. The federal legislation requires federal agencies to collect DNA samples from those arrested, and for the samples to be included in the FBI's Convicted Offender DNA Index System. Currently, DNA samples collected by state law enforcement are not added to the federal database.