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ACLU: DNA Sample Law Infringes on Privacy Rights


July 14, 2010

California's government should not be allowed to take DNA samples from those arrested on felony charges. That was the message from ACLU attorney Michael Risher to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Tuesday, where he challenged a 2004 law that he says sacrifices privacy in exchange for "questionable gains in identifying criminals," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. But the state's attorney general said taking a DNA sample is no more a violation of privacy than taking a fingerprint, and that the recent arrest of the "grim sleeper"--suspected of killing at least 10 women over 25 years--could have happened sooner if DNA samples had been taken after the suspect's numerous felony arrests, the report states.    
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