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Supreme Court Upholds, for the Moment, Controversial State DNA Law

Chief Justice Roberts has granted a preliminary stay of a decision by the Maryland Supreme Court, which would have invalidated that state's new DNA collection law. The Maryland Court ruled in April that the warrantless collection of DNA from an arrestee constituted an unreasonable search. Justice Roberts wrote that there was a "reasonable probability" that the Court would agree to review the case and that the state would suffer irreparable harm if the law is invalidated in the interim. EPIC filed amicus briefs in several DNA privacy cases, including United States v. Pool (2011), Kohler v. Englade (2006), and Maryland v. Raines (2003). For more information, see EPIC: DNA Act and EPIC: Genetic Privacy.

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