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Supreme Court Upholds Maryland Statute Permitting Routine Collection of DNA Samples from Arrestees

Today, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Maryland v. King (12-207), which addressed the constitutionality of the Maryland DNA Collection Act.  The Court held: "DNA identification of arrestees is a reasonable search that can be considered part of a routine booking procedure. When officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold for a serious offense and they bring the suspect to the station to be detained in custody, taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee’s DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment."  For an analysis of the opinion, see this SCOTUSblog post.

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