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    Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    Police officers can collect DNA samples as a routine part of arrests for violent crimes, the Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Monday.

    The ruling — and the heated reaction to it — defied typical ideological divisions.

    “Thanks to Justices Scalia, [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg, [Sonia] Sotomayor, and [Elena] Kagan for dissenting from the Court's opinion and upholding the Fourth Amendment and our Constitution,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) wrote on Facebook.


    The American Civil Liberties Union called Scalia’s dissent “convincing,” and argued that the majority ruling would erode important constitutional protections.

    "Today's decision creates a gaping new exception to the Fourth Amendment,” ACLU Legal Director Steven Shapiro said in a statement.

    The court upheld a Maryland law allowing police to take DNA samples as a routine part of charging suspects with violent crimes.

    Read more: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

    Down goes the 4th amendment! Constitution is seems to be slowly being taken away.


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    Re: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    Can't say I disagree with the majority in this instance as they pose a relevant question. What would, in this case, bar law enforcement from collecting DNA versus mere fingerprints?

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    Re: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    Scary. I wonder what is stopping crooked cops and their accomplices/informants from accusing someone of something. Acquiring their DNA. And then using the acquired DNA as proof of the crime when no one is looking.
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    Re: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    Who dat, say we don't have a police state?

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    Re: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    Scary. I wonder what is stopping crooked cops and their accomplices/informants from accusing someone of something. Acquiring their DNA. And then using the acquired DNA as proof of the crime when no one is looking.
    What stops anyone now?

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    Re: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    For those who want more government, this is more government. Kudos to Scalia for his honest and pointed dissent.
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    Re: Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    Scary. I wonder what is stopping crooked cops and their accomplices/informants from accusing someone of something. Acquiring their DNA. And then using the acquired DNA as proof of the crime when no one is looking.
    What, like they're going to plant your DNA?
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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