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Senate defeats DNA collection bill

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Legislation that would require every person arrested after June 30 for certain crimes to submit a DNA sample failed to pass the Senate Tuesday.

Senators voted 16-34 against Senate Bill 245 that said anyone arrested for burglary, residential entry, a crime of violence or a sex offense must provide a DNA sample. Those samples would be expunged if the person was acquitted, the charges were dismissed, or no charges were filed after 30 days.

Also on Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in Maryland v. King, 12-207, in which the justices are asked to decide whether the Fourth Amendment allows states to collect and analyze DNA from people arrested and charged with serious crimes.

Justice Samuel Alito Jr. called it “the most important criminal procedure case this court has had in decades.”

Maryland began collecting DNA samples from arrestees charged with violent crimes and burglary in 2009. Alonzo Jay King is one of the people convicted from the process. His DNA, taken after he was arrested for assault, matched evidence in a 2003 sexual assault case. He was found guilty of first-degree rape and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Indiana Senate reconvenes Monday.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

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  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

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