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US Supreme Court - collecting DNA after just an arrest in serious crimes is reasonable

Monday, June 03, 2013 2:13 PM | Anonymous

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court. Front row, from left: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back row, from left: Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that collecting DNA evidence as part of the booking process by taking a swab from inside the defendant's mouth is not a violation of the 4th Amendment.  Here are two stories on the decision: 

Justices Allow Police to Take DNA Samples After Arrests

Adam Liptak

New York Times; June 3, 2013

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Supreme Court: DNA swab after arrest is legitimate search

Bill Mears

CNN; June 3, 2013

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