DNA: The missing justice link

by jeeg 11. October 2013 18:42
When Oscar Thwala was sentenced to life imprisonment 10 years ago on three counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, and illegal possession of ammunition and firearms, he’d never heard of DNA or of its use as a forensic tool in criminal investigations.   So, when his lawyer told t... [More]

Cited by a Justice, but Feeling Less Than Honored

by jeeg 11. June 2013 23:36
Authors usually like it when the Supreme Court cites their work. But a reference to a book in an opinion last week is drawing mixed reviews. The case, Maryland v. King, was about whether the authorities may take DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes. Justice Anth... [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]

Expanded DNA collection draws fire

by jeeg 24. October 2012 21:29
DNA testing has taken dangerous criminals off the streets, solved decades-old homicides, exonerated the falsely accused and freed the wrongly imprisoned. “It’s an exciting time,” Ed Wall, administrator of the state Justice Department’s Division of Criminal Investigation, s... [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]

Playing fast and loose with DNA

by jeeg 31. July 2012 23:59
An appellate panel should limit the scope of California's Proposition 69, which authorized DNA collection of anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony. In 2004 California voters approved Proposition 69, which authorized the collection of DNA evidence not just from convicted offenders and peopl... [More]

Federal court taking second look at Calif. DNA law

by jeeg 27. July 2012 23:32
A federal appeals court decided to take another look at a California law that requires DNA samples to be taken from anyone arrested for a felony, not just after a conviction.   A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in February on a 2-1 vote. But the court said ... [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]
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