WASHINGTON— A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can routinely take DNA from people they arrest, equating a DNA cheek swab to other common jailhouse procedures like fingerprinting.
“Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority.
But the four dissenting justices said that the court was allowing a major change in police powers.
“Make no mistake about it: because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason,” conservative Justice Antonin Scalia said in a sharp dissent which he read aloud in the courtroom.
At least 28 states and the federal government now take DNA swabs after arrests. But a Maryland court was one of the first to say that it was illegal for that state to take Alonzo King’s DNA without approval from a judge, saying King had “a sufficiently weighty and reasonable expectation of privacy against warrantless, suspicionless searches.”
(TLS)- Like the title says it's time to abolish the Supreme Court!! They have no other purpose than to legitimize unconstitutional acts for the state. They are not a check on power but a BLANK check for government to do whatever the hell it wants. The people just accept that these nine black robed lawyers have the final say on the constitution. What happens when you get the deck stacked with people who want to empower the state, that want to change America from the bench to match their viewpoint? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS! The whole system needs to be remade, this is garbage.
Before it was harder for them to obtain DNA thus harder for them to frame someone never convicted of a felony. NOW if your arrested for some BS reason they will now have your DNA.
US government claims 100% ownership over all your DNA and reproductive rights; genetic slavery is already here http://www.naturalnews.com/040400_gene_patents_genetic_slavery_huma...
This is big people, make some noise on this one. Don't let them rubber stamp this lets get some of our allies on this in the States and in Congress!
I guess we'll have to wait for comments here until you get swabbed by a pig at a traffic stop (technically an arrest)... Then you'll have something to say!!
don't feel bad....none over here neither....lmao