The Future of Criminal DNA Collection in 2015

by jeeg 6. January 2015 23:05
  DNA can reveal an extraordinary amount of private information about you, including familial relationships, medical history, predisposition for disease, and possibly even behavioral tendencies and sexual orientation. While DNA testing in a criminal context has some benefits—such as... [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]

What Do Genes Have to Do With Law? The Supreme Court Doesn't Know

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:45
Sixty years ago, scientists first discovered DNA, the structure in which a person’s genes are encoded. Since then, our knowledge of the genome has revolutionized medicine. But when it comes to the U.S. legal system, important questions about what a gene is remain unsolved. Here's one questi... [More]

Justices mixed on DNA database

by jeeg 28. February 2013 01:28
The Supreme Court justices sounded closely split Tuesday on what one of them called the most important criminal procedure case in decades, a challenge to whether police may routinely take DNA samples from suspects and put the results in a national database.   "Why isn't this the fingerp... [More]

DNA Collection v. DNA Privacy

by jeeg 28. February 2013 00:55
More than a quarter-century since Florida became the first state to use Now it’s the U.S. Supreme Court’s turn to hear, and hopefully settle, the issue. On Tuesday, February 26, lawyers for the state of Maryland and a convicted rapist presented oral arguments on whether authorities ... [More]
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