Supreme Court rules in favor of DNA testing

In a majority vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of DNA testing among suspect’s under arrest and those taken into police custody. According to the court, this new police booking procedure is comparable to an advanced method of fingerprinting or picture taking. The court also stated that the act of taking DNA samples by swabbing a suspect’s cheeks does not violate an unlawful search, which is prohibited by the Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

The 5-4 majority ruling was decided upon on Monday, June 3 by Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, who said that this DNA sampling was one of the most significant criminal procedure cases the Supreme Court has seen in years, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Although DNA test results takes more than two weeks, many lawyers saw the possibility of instant DNA testing in the near future to take place.

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