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DNA ruling leaves states to fill in the blanks

Decision opens door to legal challenges, raises privacy concerns

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing police to collect DNA samples from arrestees before they are convicted, or even arraigned, could lead to a flood of legal challenges across the country as courts in states with differing laws on warrantless pre-conviction DNA sampling — or no laws at all — consider just how much constitutional leeway law enforcement officials have.