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Supreme Court Ruling a Blow to Genetic Privacy

Supreme Court Ruling a Blow to Genetic Privacy

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 5:29pm
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding Maryland's arrestee DNA testing law is a serious blow to genetic privacy. The ruling allows the police to seize the DNA of innocent Americans who have never been convicted of any sort of crime, without a search warrant. And as Justice Scalia makes clear in his scathing dissent, the majority opinion goes against decades of precedent that makes it clear that the police cannot search an individual for evidence of a crime (and that's clearly what they are doing here) without a specific reason to think that the search will actually uncover some evidence.
DNA Privacy Goes to the Supreme Court

DNA Privacy Goes to the Supreme Court

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 5:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Maryland v. King, a case that raises the question of whether the police can take DNA...

"Hands Off Our DNA" Lawsuit Gets Another Day in Court

"Hands Off Our DNA" Lawsuit Gets Another Day in Court

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:22pm

Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it would rehear the ACLU of Northern California's lawsuit challenging a California law that mandates that DNA is collected from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.

This Is What the First Amendment Looks Like

This Is What the First Amendment Looks Like

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 7:48pm

The day after an enormous peaceful demonstration and the first general strike this country has seen since the 1940s, some of the focus has turned to bonfires and tear gas.

It’s Your DNA — Or Is it?

By Michael Risher, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 3:27pm

Forcing people to provide a DNA sample without any judicial oversight, just because a single police officer has arrested them, violates the Constitution. That’s why California’s law mandating that DNA samples be taken from all felony arrestees…

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