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U.S. Supreme Court Rules In DNA Case

OPB | June 3, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:55 a.m.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that police may collect a DNA sample upon a suspect’s arrest. Justice Samuel Alito — who joined the majority —  said it was the “most important criminal procedure case this court has heard in decades.” Oregon is in the minority of states that currently does not allow police to collect DNA from people who are suspected — not convicted — of a crime. 

As the Supreme Court term wraps up at the end of the month, we’ll also ask our court watcher about some of the other most closely watched cases, including gay marriage and affirmative action.

What cases are you most anticipating from the U.S. Supreme Court? 


  • Lisa McElroy: Associate professor of law at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University


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