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Court questions legality of warrantless DNA collection

Justice: ‘Most important criminal procedure case in decades’

WASHINGTON – As they grilled the lawyers arguing before them on the issue of whether police can collect DNA samples from unconvicted arrestees without a warrant, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged just how high the stakes are. “I think this is, perhaps, the most important criminal procedure case that this Court has heard in decades,” said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. during Tuesday’s oral arguments in the case Maryland v. King.


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