"The U.S. Supreme Court says police may collect DNA samples without a warrant from individuals charged with — but not convicted of — violent crimes, in an opinion released Monday that overturns a ruling by Maryland's highest court. The 5-4 decision upheld the law that authorizes police in Maryland, the federal government and about half the states to continue collecting the genetic information. The sharply divided ruling stems from a Maryland case in which a Worcester County man, Alonzo King, was linked to a rape after his DNA was taken in an unrelated arrest. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said DNA collection was a legitimate arrest procedure akin to fingerprinting and photographing and used for the purpose of identifying suspects."
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