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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)

Supreme Court declines to review Maryland DNA case

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand without comment Tuesday a Maryland high-court ruling that police acted constitutionally when they used the DNA sample a homeless man gave them for a rape investigation to link him to an unrelated burglary.

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