Supreme Court Rules DNA Can Be Taken After Arrest

in 2013, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Law, Tracey Maclin
June 3rd, 2013

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime, and see if the DNA matches any samples from unsolved crimes in a national database…

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“This is not just searching somebody’s purse or knapsack who’s been placed under arrest — or even searching their car. We’re searching their person in a situation where we don’t have any basis for the search other than the fact that the guy’s been arrested.”

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