Court upholds DNA collection from felons
SAN FRANCISCO (KABC) -- A federal appeals court has ruled the state of California can continue to force everyone arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample.
The court says law enforcement's interest in solving cold cases, identifying crime suspects and even exonerating the innocent outweighs any privacy concerns.
The DNA samples are obtained with a swab of the cheek and stored in the state's massive DNA database. The American Civil Liberties Union sought to stop the collections.
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