DNA was taken at the time of Goodman's arrest, but that sample was sent to a state database. Prosecutors said they needed a separate saliva sample.
The defense argued that prosecutors had not shown probable cause that Goodman was involved in the homicide, and that taking the saliva sample was an unnecessary intrusion.The prosecution won their motion. Goodman was ordered to provide a DNA sample. According to the report, Goodman's defense has five days to file an appeal. As of today, I could not find a filing for Goodman with the California Courts of Appeal, although the defense still has three days left to file.
Goodman remains out on bail confined to her home and wearing ankle monitoring.
I did not attend this hearing since I didn't know about it. Kudos to Miriam Hernandez for attending the hearing and having a camera inside the courtroom.
I am at a disadvantage covering cases where the defendant is out on bail and where the preliminary hearing has not commenced. When a defendant is incarcerated, I can always check the LA County Sheriff's web site for the next date a defendant is scheduled to be in court.
But when a defendant is out on bail, it's in these instances where the mainstream media does a great job. I do not have the years of building relationships within the DA's office, or with defense attorneys to get advance notice when motions have been filed or there are emergency hearings. My only other alternative would have been to call the clerk of the assigned courtroom every day to see if any motions had been filed and when they would be argued.
What I do have to offer my readers is copies of the motions filed by the prosecution and the defense for this hearing. Special thanks to Elizabeth Martinez of the Public Information Office for helping me obtain and purchase these documents so quickly. (Documents purchased from the court cost fifty-cents a page. Sprocket)
I have uploaded the following documents to my SCRIBD account:
Prosecution's Motion for DNA Sample.
Defense Opposition Motion for DNA.
If I continue to follow this case, I will start a Quick Links page.