January 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday criticized the government of Mexico for their "failed" investigation of the army in the "enforced disappearance" of 43 students on September 26, claiming that it was incomplete and insufficient, after DNA collected from a mass grave of burned bodies proved ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses how Cleveland police are obstructing Ohio's mandatory DNA collection law...It was 15 years before serial rapist and murderer Larry McGowan had his DNA properly collected in Ohio as mandated by law. ...[read more]
December 5, 2014
by Valerie Howell
California's First District Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down a California law which requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony. The case had been remanded from the California Supreme Court with orders to affirm the law due to the decision ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass codes. Judge Steven ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that California's controversial voter-approved DNA collection law likely passes constitutional scrutiny. This is the second time that the court has looked at the case. The law allows police to collect a DNA sample from any adult ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, approved an amendment to the Marriage Law, 2010 Monday that would grant both men and woman the ability to file for divorce on the grounds of "irretrievable breakdown" of marriage. Both parties must live apart for three years before being ...[read more]
July 11, 2013
by John Paul Regan
JURIST Guest Columnists William C. Sammons and Lydia S. Hu of Tydings & Rosenberg LLP argue that the US Supreme Court's decision in Maryland v. King correctly furthered the state's interest in solving crimes through the use of DNA...Garnering much national attention in what was described by ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by John Paul Regan
JURIST Guest Columnist Karen Kruger of Funk & Bolton, P.A. argues the decision in Maryland v. King does not raise the specter of wholesale collection of DNA from arrestees...The US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the State of Maryland in its opinion in Maryland v. King, a case that ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated. The court also found that synthetically created DNA known as ...[read more]

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