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Speak Out: Should Defendants Get DNA Tested?

MoCo officials want the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling overturned.

Earlier this week on Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Maryland Court of Appeals decision that bars police officers from taking DNA samples from a defendant charged with a crime.

So we want to know what you think. Is taking DNA from a defendant an invasion of privacy or is a good tool to help law enforcement?

Jeff Hawkins April 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Should defendents get DNA tested? YES Does this practice constitute "unreasonable search & seizure"? (4th Am.) NO ......(a mouth swab) This will be overturned.......
Joe Thomas May 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Your headline is misleading. They are not "suspects". When someone is arrested they are defendants. So yes, defendants should have their DNA swabbed. Suspects? No.
Theresa Defino May 01, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I don't see the word "suspects" anywhere. We you posting on a different story? You can read the opinion here: http://mdcourts.gov/opinions/coa/2012/68a11.pdf
John H. Josselyn May 03, 2012 at 12:31 PM
To put the DNA issue in a different perspective, how would you answer the following questions: Would you support or oppose a law requiring that all citizens submit samples of their DNA to the government? Would you support or oppose a law requiring that all citizens be fingerprinted at birth? Do you believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty, or do you believe a person is guilty until proven innocent?
Debbie Newton May 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Why is there a question about assisting law enforcement to get criminials off the streets?

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