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]
June 3, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Maryland v. King that police may collect DNA samples from individuals arrested and charged with serious crimes. The respondent in the case, Alonzo King, challenged the validity of Maryland's DNA Collection Act after state officials used his DNA to implicate ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Shelby County v Holder to determine whether Congress exceeded its authority when it renewed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 requires jurisdictions with a history of preventing minority groups from voting to receive ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday. In Maryland v. King the court heard arguments on whether the Fourth Amendment permits states to collect DNA samples from individuals charged with serious crimes, as allowed under Maryland's DNA Collection Act. The Chief Deputy ...[read more]

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