Maryland police DNA tactics again at issue in top courts

by jeeg 11. April 2014 18:34
An Anne Arundel County man who was found guilty of a burglary based in part on DNA evidence asked a state appellate court Thursday to throw out his conviction, arguing that police improperly kept his genetic information in the database they used to link him to a Coke can from the crime scene. Geo... [More]

The Dark Side of DNA Evidence

by jeeg 5. April 2013 22:09
On February 26, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Maryland v. King, which presents the question of whether the Fourth Amendment permits the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested for, but not convicted of, a crime. Currently, twenty-eight states and federal law enforcement co... [More]

Supreme Court to Hear Major DNA Case

by jeeg 7. February 2013 22:15
The Supreme Court will revisit the crossroad of privacy and evolving science later this month when it considers whether officials can take the DNA -- without a warrant -- of someone who has been arrested but not convicted of a crime.   While all states require DNA from individuals convi... [More]

Supreme Court will review Md. DNA law

by jeeg 12. November 2012 23:50
Maryland's DNA law, which allows police to take samples of suspects' genetic material for possible matches to other crimes, will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court next year, the justices announced Friday.   The law, a signature crime-fighting initiative of Gov. Martin O'Malley, was ... [More]

Supreme Court Weighing Genetic Privacy

by jeeg 9. November 2012 21:32
Supreme Court justices are to meet privately Friday to weigh whether they will hear a major genetic-privacy case testing whether authorities may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for a serious crime.   The case has wide-ranging implications, as at least 21 states and the federal go... [More]

DNA and the Fourth Amendment

by jeeg 7. August 2012 01:04
Earlier this year, Maryland’s highest court held that collection of DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. stayed that ruling while the Supr... [More]

For now, Md. police can take DNA from charged criminals, Supreme Court says

by jeeg 3. August 2012 23:54
Police in Maryland can resume collecting DNA from suspects charged — but not yet convicted — in violent crimes, and the U.S. Supreme Court might be inclined to let them do so permanently. U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued an opinion Monday saying there is a “... [More]

Supreme Court may review case over DNA samples

by jeeg 1. August 2012 23:39
The Supreme Court signaled on Monday that it may review whether law enforcement officials may collect DNA samples from people who have been accused, but not convicted, of serious crimes. Chief Justice John Roberts put on hold an April 24 decision by a divided Maryland Court of Appeals overturning... [More]

US Supreme Court stays DNA ruling

by jeeg 20. July 2012 00:02
The U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold — at least for a week — a ruling by Maryland’s highest court that prohibits DNA collection from suspects charged but not yet convicted in violent crimes.   Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler had asked the nation’s hig... [More]

Maryland misdirected in DNA emphasis, public defender says

by jeeg 4. May 2012 23:35
The state has overemphasized collecting DNA samples from those arrested for crimes of violence to solve cases while not putting enough resources into gathering forensic evidence at crime scenes, according to an official with the Maryland Public Defender’s Office. State officials are mak... [More]
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