Radio: Supreme Court Oral Argument: Maryland v. King

Heard by the Court heard on February 26. At issue: A Maryland law that required routine DNA sample of every person arrested by police for what that law defines as… read more

Heard by the Court heard on February 26.

At issue: A Maryland law that required routine DNA sample of every person arrested by police for what that law defines as a “serious crime.”

The Court’s 5-4 decision, issued on June 3, ruled that when officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold a suspect for a serious offense and bring him to the station to be detained in custody, that taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee’s DNA is like fingerprinting and photographing--a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.

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