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Frosh waives response in DNA case at Supreme Court

Releasing the names of people applying for licenses to open abortion clinics would force ‘those providers, their families, their patients and their communities to live in a climate of fear,’ Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh wrote in court papers asking the Court of Appeals to uphold lower-court rulings permitting the redaction of the names under the ‘substantial injury’ exception of the state’s Public Information Act.
(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has chosen not to respond to the state public defender’s request that the Supreme Court review and overturn 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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Maryland public defender appeals DNA case to Supreme Court

‘There are few practical protections to safeguard against the government’s exploitation of DNA technology,’ Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe wrote in asking the Supreme Court to take up a Massachusetts case similar to one they declined to hear from Maryland earlier this year. (File photo)

Maryland's chief public defender asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review and overturn a state 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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DeWolfe urges justices to strike down warrantless DNA searches

‘There are few practical protections to safeguard against the government’s exploitation of DNA technology,’ Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe wrote in asking the Supreme Court to take up a Massachusetts case similar to one they declined to hear from Maryland earlier this year. (File photo)

The U.S. Supreme Court should strike down as unconstitutional law enforcement’s warrantless searches and retention of DNA found on lawfully seized items worn or touched by criminal suspects, Maryland’s chief public defender states in papers filed with the justices in a case from Massachusetts.

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DNA analyst must testify, Md. high court rules

Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to cross-examine a DNA analyst whose report puts them at the crime scene “within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” Maryland’s top court has held in overturning the attempted murder and armed-robbery convictions of a man whose DNA was allegedly found on the mask the criminal used.

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Supreme Court clears way for $15M lawsuit against Baltimore Police

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for a man to pursue a $15 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and three of its officers, alleging that their unconstitutional withholding of exculpatory evidence from his 1988 trial led to him serving 20 years in prison for murder before DNA tests helped bring his freedom.

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Supreme Court declines to hear Md. rapist’s appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of a convicted rapist who had urged the justices to overturn his conviction and rule the the Maryland State Police violated his constitutional rights by surreptitiously checking the DNA in the perspiration he left on a chair after being questioned voluntarily at an MSP barracks.

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