Originally posted on CBS Pittsburgh:
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Every day citizens are arrested and booked on suspicion of committing a crime — and their fingerprints are taken with or without their consent.
Now in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court says police may take DNA samples, too, without a warrant.
“I think it is intrusive. I think it is a violation of the Fourth Amendment against improper search and seizure. I think it opens up the door,” Dr. Cyril Wecht told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Monday.
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The doctor-lawyer-forensic pathologist says taking a person’s DNA without their consent is a Pandora’s box, especially when that DNA is stored in government data banks long after a person has charges dismissed or is found innocent.
Wecht says don’t believe government officials when they say, “We’re only doing it for identification. We’re not doing it to determine whether or not you have…
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