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MAR 05, 2013 - Slate

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The Mother of DNA Databases

Last Tuesday the Supreme Court heard a debate about whether police should be able to swab the cheek of a person they have arrested, in order to obtain genetic information from him. The man arrested, Alonzo King, got in trouble for brandishing a shotgun at some people, but after analyzing his DNA sample, police discovered that his profile matched DNA evidence taken from a rape victim. King was subsequently convicted of the rape. And then the Maryland Court of Appeals held that the acquisition of the DNA sample was an unreasonable search that violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. ... Read More

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