Chief Justice allows DNA samples from Maryland suspects Sung Un Kim at 4:01 PM ET
[JURIST] US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts [official profile] on Wednesday temporarily stayed [order, PDF] a Maryland Court of Appeals [official website] ruling that police could not collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries. The appeals court struck down [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] the DNA collection law [text, PDF] in April, finding a violation of the arrestee's Fourth Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] right to privacy. Roberts' one-sentence decision will remain in effect at least until July 25 when a response is due from the defendant, Alonzo Jay King. The court may agree to hear the case when it reconvenes in October.
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