You Belong to the State

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval recently signed a law named after Reno murder victim Brianna Dennison which will take effect January 1st, 2014. According to the new law, if you’re found innocent, not guilty or the charges are dropped, your DNA is expunged from the system.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court says law enforcement can legally take your DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases. This comes after a court in Maryland court said it was illegal for the state to take Alonzo King’s DNA without approval from a judge.

But the Supremes issued a 5-4 ruling saying taking DNA samples from people before their guilt or innocence is proven does not violate the U.S. Constitution. It was Justice Anthony Kennedy who called DNA cheek swabs “a legitimate police booking procedure” like fingerprinting or photographing.

Have you ever tried and get your fingerprints expunged? It can’t be done.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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