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Supreme Court Weighs DNA Collection

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether the government is violating the Constitution when it collects DNA from an arrested individual, Bloomberg reports. Justice Samuel Alito characterized it as “perhaps the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades.” Justice Elena Kagan said, “Just because you’ve been arrested doesn’t mean that you lose the privacy expectations in things you have that aren’t related to the offense that you’ve been arrested for.” According to the report, the decision may come down to Chief Justice John Roberts. At one point he queried, “How legitimate is it for you to expect privacy in something that the police can access without you even knowing about it?”
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