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Ted Cruz denounces Supreme Court ruling on warrantless DNA collection

Posted By admin On June 4, 2013 @ 6:00 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Caroline May
Daily Caller [1]
June 4, 2013

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz issued a strong rebuke of Monday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision [2] upholding a Maryland law that allows law enforcement to collect DNA samples from arrested suspects without a warrant.

“Today’s unfortunate U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Maryland v. King, by a vote of 5-4, expands government power, invades our liberty, and undermines our constitutional rights,” Cruz said in a Monday evening statement. “The Court held that the police can forcibly take DNA samples from people who have been arrested — but have not been tried or convicted — of a serious offense. So now the government can capture, without a search warrant, the most personal information about an individual, and use it to search vast databases for unrelated offenses.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote [3] the majority opinion calling DNA swabbing a “legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment” and comparable to fingerprinting and photographing.

Kennedy was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito.

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[1] Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/03/ted-cruz-denounces-supreme-court-ruling-on-warrantless-dna-collection/

[2] decision: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/03/188291914/supreme-court-upholds-warrantless-collection-of-dna

[3] wrote: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/supreme-court-upholds-minor-intrusion-of-arrestee-dna-swabs/

[4] Supreme Court upholds DNA swabbing of people under arrest: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-upholds-dna-swabbing-of-people-under-arrest.html

[5] Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-ruling-allows-strip-searches-for-any-arrest.html

[6] Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-allow-warrantless-cellphone-searches.html

[7] Gay marriage ruling: Supreme Court finds DOMA unconstitutional: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gay-marriage-ruling-supreme-court-finds-doma-unconstitutional.html

[8] Supreme Court: Police need warrant to use GPS tracking on cars: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-police-need-warrant-to-use-gps-tracking-on-cars.html

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