Jon Collins reports:
Dakota County’s decision to resume collecting DNA samples from those charged but not convicted of some violent crimes is likely to face a further legal challenge.
The Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2005 allowing this sort of DNA collection, although a 2006 decision in the state Court of Appeals declared the practice unconstitutional. But a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar Maryland law found that collecting data before conviction was allowable under the U.S. Constitution.
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