June 4, 2013

THE SOLE "DANGER"...:

Modern Fingerprints (WSJ, 6/03/13)

Just as police cross-check fingerprints against those recovered at crime scenes, DNA matching can solve cold cases and free innocent people wrongfully convicted. [...]

[T]he limits on DNA use ought to rest with the political branches, rather than via judges expanding the limits on reasonable searches.

The majority opinion is narrow--cops won't be stopping pedestrians for cheek swabs--and leaves plenty of legal space for elected officials to create safeguards for DNA surveillance as modern technology advances. The civil liberties absolutists in an uproar over King ought to engage that political debate instead of trying to change settled criminal law through the courts.

...is that a perpetrator will be linked to a prior crime other than the current one he's a suspect in.  Society has no interest in helping him avoid that scenario.

Posted by at June 4, 2013 9:59 PM
  

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