This morning Justice Kennedy announced the Court’s opinion in Maryland v. King. By a vote of five to four, the Court held that when officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold for a serious offense and bring the suspect to the station to be detained in custody, 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.  Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

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Recommended Citation: Kali Borkoski, Details: Maryland v. King, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 3, 2013, 2:21 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/06/details-maryland-v-king/