On Monday The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision
in the case of Maryland vs. King. A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled
that police can continue to take DNA from people they arrest without getting
a warrant. The court's five-justice majority said "DNA testing
was a legitimate police arrest procedure, like fingerprinting."
Justice Antonin Scalia read his sharp dissent alound in the courtroom.
He made some very good points about how this opinion departs from preciedent
and allows a maor change in police powers. Justice Scalia said, "Make
no mistake about it: because of today's decision, your DNA can be
taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly
or wrongly, and for whatever reason,"
You can read the opinion at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-207_d18e.pdf