SCOTUS Upholds Maryland's DNA Collection Law

SCOTUS Upholds Maryland's DNA Collection Law

Kojo explores the significance of the Supreme Court upholding a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples when booking people arrested, but not yet convicted, for serious crimes.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples when booking people who are arrested, but not yet convicted, for serious crimes. The state's highest court struck down the law as unconstitutional last year, but the Supreme Court sided with those in law enforcement who say the information is a necessary tool for prosecuting crimes. We explore the significance of the ruling in our region and around the country.

Guests

Stephen B. Mercer

Chief Attorney, Forensics Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Jeffrey Rosen

professor of law, George Washington University Law School; legal affairs editor, The New Republic; president, National Constitution Center

Angela Alsobrooks

Maryland State's Attorney, Prince George's County

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