• High Court approves DNA testing on arrestees

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    A sharply divided supreme court on Monday said police can continue to take DNA from people they arrest without getting a warrant.

    The court’s five-justice majority said DNA testing was a legitimate police arrest procedure, like fingerprinting. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the five-justice majority that taking and analyzing a cheek swab of an arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the fourth amendment.

    But the four dissenting justices said that the court was allowing a major change in police powers.