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State rebuffed on DNA testing

Maryland’s state supreme court, the Court of Appeals, has refused to reconsider a split decision barring police from collecting DNA samples from individuals who have been arrested.  The denial order, issued Friday, is here.  State officials have said they will now seek to take the case on to the Supreme Court, but added that they have not yet decided whether to ask the Justices to postpone the state court ruling in the meantime.  (A post discussing the Maryland ruling and the state attorney general’s response can be read here; the post includes links to the decision and to the state’s motion to reconsider.)

Lower courts are divided on the issue, enhancing the chances that the Supreme Court will step in.

Recommended Citation: Lyle Denniston, State rebuffed on DNA testing, SCOTUSblog (May. 21, 2012, 6:37 PM),