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Which twin is guilty?

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posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 11:59 AM
A Dallas Texas lab will try to tell which of two twins is guilty of a 1999 rape that was committed by one man. A semen sample at the crime scene was linked to both men because they are twins.

From USA Today- Thursday 9/2/04 edition page 3A

Twins are born with the same genetic profile because they are formed from a single egg.The lab hopes to find minute differences in the genetic material in hopes to find the guily party.

This may change the future of crime solving where twins are involved because DNA testing has not been useful in cases where twins are involved
they had to use confessions or other means to determine guilt

posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 12:16 PM
They are both guilty, of course! Don't defense attorneys use the excuse that we don't control our behavior, our inherited predispositions do? They have the same inherited genes, therefore the same dispositions and ability and capacity to comit crimes. Oh, and a person starts before birth as soon as the egg is fertilized, right? So they are the same person anyway, and should both be sent to jail. Yeah. That's the ticket.

posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 04:46 PM
Twins are not the same people! Even though they have identical genetic make up they can and are very different from each other. They make look alike, but not exactly alike you can tell twins apart if you look hard enough. Health, lifestyle,and environment may all play a part on why they are different. Personalities may be different too.One may be shy and the other outgoing. There can be a bad twin and a good twin. Ask any twin and they will tell you, they don't liked to be lumped together, they want to be known as individuals! But in this case I'm sure the rapist does not want to be different then his brother.

posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 05:00 PM
Convict them both and put them both in jail in the same cell and wait and see who rats out whom. They both know who committed the crime and therefore one or the other is an accomplice.

[edit on 04/9/2 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 06:33 PM

Originally posted by jeeze louise
Twins are not the same people! Even though they have identical genetic make up they can and are very different from each other.

I know twins are not the same person, I was just being saucy this afternoon
They are quite different, but just outlines how rediculous some legal arguments can be.

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