FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

DNA Case Heads To U.S. Supreme Court

November 12, 2012  | 

Photo: iStockPhoto.com
Photo: iStockPhoto.com

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether police can collect DNA evidence from violent suspects to convict them in other crimes, when justices hear the Maryland case.

A convicted rapist is challenging a Maryland law that allows police to take a DNA sample from violent suspects, arguing his Fourth Amendment privacy rights have been violated.

In Maryland v. King, police took a DNA sample from Alonzo Jay King Jr. after his 2009 arrest on assault charges. King was later convicted in an unsolved rape case from 2003. The Maryland Court of Appeals overturned King's rape conviction in April, ruling that the collection of DNA evidence violated his Fourth Amendment rights and constituted a warrentless seizure.

Maryland's law, which went into effect in 2009, expanded the collection of DNA samples from those convicted of crimes to those who have been arrested for violent crime or burglary, even if they were not found guilty. More than half of the states currently collect DNA samples from suspects of violent crime, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Tags: DNA Evidence, U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure, Investigations


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

RICHARD @ 11/12/2012 6:08 PM

THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM VS. THE ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, WILL WE EVER GET ON THE SAME PAGE.

steve @ 11/13/2012 5:13 AM

If you have been arrested for any crime and are being booked into a jail, when they fingerprint you they should also take your DNA. It's the same rationale (you can be identified via your fingerprints as well as your DNA), and then we can get more criminals off the streets and clear up cold cases.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

LAPD Releases Names of Officers Involved in August 11 Shooting
More than two weeks after the police shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles,...
Ferguson Police Begin Using Body-worn Cameras
Ferguson Police are now wearing 50 donated body camera, expecting to outfit all of their...
Weapons, Body Armor Found at Seattle Home After Fatal Shooting
Seattle police said they found a stockpile of weapons and body armor in the home of a man...
Video: Kentucky Deputy Shoots Driver Backing into Him
The deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle when the driver began backing into him,...
Blue Porch Lights Show Support for Wounded Officer in California
Local hardware stores are running out of blue light bulbs as thousands of residents show...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine