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      Wisconsin DOJ preparing for familial DNA testing

      Scales of justice
      Scales of justice
      APPLETON (AP) - The Wisconsin Department of Justice is preparing to start controversial familial DNA tests in hopes of generating more leads for local police.Post-Crescent Media reported Wednesday that the agency is double-checking the software for the tests.Analysts can turn to familial testing when DNA from a crime scene doesn't match any profiles in state and federal databases. Analysts look for partial matches with someone already in the database; a hit would enable police to identify the unknown suspect's relatives.Only a handful of states use familial testing. Wisconsin American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Chris Ahmuty says familial testing is unwarranted and likened it to a fishing expedition. He says the Legislature should have signed off on it.