General News and Politics By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona Current news and political discussion
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
DNA AND THE 4TH AMENDMENT
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The Supreme Court has ruled, by a narrow margin, that taking DNA from arrestees is not much different from taking fingerprints to put in the national database. In his writing of the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy called it a minor intrusion not reaching the level of a Fourth Amendment violation of unreasonable search. Although it makes me queasy, I'm not sure he's wrong. Like fingerprints, we leave our DNA everywhere we go, public and private. Many of us have had to submit to fingerprinting for employment in jobs such as teachers or finance. I expect DNA sampling to follow.