High Court Tackles Suspects' Right To DNA Privacy

Law360, New York (February 26, 2013, 9:24 PM EST) -- In weighing what one justice called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed split Tuesday over whether police can collect DNA evidence from suspected criminals without a warrant.

During oral arguments, state and federal government attorneys urged the high court to reinstate Maryland's DNA Collection Act, contending that collecting a DNA sample when arresting a suspect is no more intrusive than taking their fingerprints, a practice that has been found constitutional.

Justice Samuel Alito argued in favor of allowing law...
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