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Supreme Court: DNA swab after arrest is legitimate search

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Posted at 8:56 AM, Jun 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-03 10:56:35-04
By Bill Mears

CNN Supreme Court Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court has ruled criminal suspects can be subjected to a police DNA test after arrest — before trial and conviction — a privacy-versus-public-safety dispute that could have wide-reaching implications in the rapidly evolving technology surrounding criminal procedure.

At issue in the ruling Monday was whether taking genetic samples from anyone in felony custody, without a warrant, is an unconstitutional “search.” The high court by a 5-4 margin said it is legitimate.

The case is Maryland v. King (12-207)

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