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Supreme Court OKs warrantless DNA collection (access required)

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Likening the practice to fingerprinting, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law authorizing the warrantless collection of DNA samples from suspects accused of certain serious crimes. The 5-4 ruling in Maryland v. King will affect various laws in more than two dozen other states and the federal government allowing pre-conviction collection of DNA — including Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, the Carolinas and Virginia.

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