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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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Full 4th Circuit will hear cellphone tracking appeal

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In a case involving convicted Baltimore bank robbers, the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will consider whether police need a search warrant to get the cellphone-tower records of suspected criminals in an effort to track down their whereabouts when the crime was committed.

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Civil rights lawsuit against Harford County officer proceeds

A Forest Hill man who had been indicted but never prosecuted for child sexual abuse can proceed with his civil rights lawsuit against a Harford County police officer he claims prompted the alleged victim to make the damning allegation and then withheld exculpatory evidence from the successful arrest-warrant application, a Baltimore federal judge has ruled.

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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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Court of Appeals upholds post-arrest flip-phone search

The Court of Appeals building in Annapolis

Police officers may open the flip phone of a person they just arrested and examine its screen saver but need a warrant to search the text messages and other information contained within the device in the absence of a public-safety emergency, Maryland’s top court ruled Monday in a trio of decisions.

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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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