High Court OKs Seizing Suspects' DNA Without Warrant

Law360, New York (June 3, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA evidence from suspected felons without a warrant under laws enacted by Maryland, the federal government and 28 other states, concluding that the practice, like routine fingerprinting, does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court reversed the Maryland Supreme Court's April 2012 decision that arrestee Alonzo Jay King Jr.'s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable, warrantless searches was violated by the state's DNA Collection Act, which authorizes police...
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