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Maryland v. King

2013-06-03 17:00:57.02043+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Holy shit, I agree with Antonin Scalia: Court: Police Can Take DNA Swabs From Arrestees, and Scalia is in the rational minority.

U.S. Supreme Court rules on Maryland v. King. In the dissent, Justice Scalia, with whom Justice Ginsburg, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan join, writes:

... Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-04 13:14:47.595799+00 by: DaveP

Given our screwed-up justice system (plea bargaining being the norm, bails being set high in order to encourage plea-bargaining, etc), I think it's pretty clear that the winning strategy is to avoid all contact with it. Treat it as you would have a leper or a plague victim before we knew what germs were - I'm not sure HOW it's going to screw me up, but I'll be better off if I stay as far away as possible.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-04 16:21:03.138841+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, the problem is that application is random enough that I don't comfortably feel like I can avoid contact with it. Which further undermines any believe in it, and therefore makes it less actually functional.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-05 13:04:58.99216+00 by: DaveP

Agreed. Especially if you want to be a productive member of the community, rather than just hunkering down in the bunker. But being white guys sure doesn't hurt.