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DNA is often collected by use of a buccal swab on the cheeks or mouth. Police who receive a person’s DNA sample voluntarily during a criminal investigation may use that sample to investigate other crimes unless the person has expressly told them not to, a sharply divided Court of Appeals has held. (U.S. Navy photo)
DNA is often collected by use of a buccal swab on the cheeks or mouth. Police who receive a person’s DNA sample voluntarily during a criminal investigation may use that sample to investigate other crimes unless the person has expressly told them not to, a sharply divided Court of Appeals has held. (U.S. Navy photo)

Court of Appeals OKs broad investigatory use of DNA voluntarily given to police

Dissenting judges urge General Assembly to act

Police who receive a person’s DNA sample voluntarily during a criminal investigation may use that sample to investigate other crimes — unless the person has expressly told them not to, a sharply divided Maryland high court ruled Tuesday.

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