Supreme Court Favors DNA Sampling Before Conviction

WASHINGTON — After a divided Supreme Court ruled that obtaining DNA samplings prior to conviction is not in violation of the U.S. constitution, legislators are following the cleared path to bring DNA sampling bills in their respective states.

In a 5-4 vote in June, the Supreme Court decided that acquiring a DNA sampling of suspected offenders arrested for serious crimes without a warrant does not infringe upon the Fourth Amendment, which guards citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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