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Court of Appeals will not reconsider decision limiting DNA collection

Maryland’s top court will not reconsider its decision last month that effectively bars police officers from collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested on charges of committing a violent crime or attempting to commit one.

The Court of Appeals refusal to reconsider its ruling clears the way for Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gansler had asked the court to reconsider its April 24 ruling in King v. Maryland. In that request, Gansler said he would pursue a Supreme Court appeal if his request was denied.

The court’s order denying Gansler’s motion for reconsideration will be formally filed Friday.

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