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Supreme Court Justices To Discuss DNA Case

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

November 9, 2012

The Supreme Court will meet privately today to discuss if it will hear a case on whether authorities may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for a serious crime, Wired reports. The issue stems from a Maryland case in which the court ruled it is unconstitutional to take a DNA sample from a criminal suspect who has not been convicted. Prosecutors argued the saliva swab taken is no more intrusive than a fingerprint, but the Maryland court disagreed, saying a fingerprint reveals solely a person’s identity while saliva can reveal many more genetic details. At least 21 states and the federal government require suspects to give a DNA sample upon arrest, the report states.
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