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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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Supreme Court skeptical of warrantless DNA collection (access required)

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WASHINGTON – As they grilled the lawyers arguing before them on the issue of whether police can collect DNA samples from unconvicted arrestees without a warrant, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged just how high the stakes are. “I think this is, perhaps, the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades,” said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. during oral arguments last week in the case Maryland v. King.

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