Federal Court Taking Second Look at CA DNA Law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court is taking a second look at California’s DNA collection law. Voters overwhelming approved the Proposition 69 law in 2004. The law allows police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony, even if they haven’t been convicted. The state has long collected DNA from convicted felons. Prosecutors say it is a vital crime-fighting tool. State Attorney General Kamala Harris says collecting arrestee DNA has solved thousands of crimes. The Los Angeles Times says a majority of judges on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted on Wednesday to reconsider a February decision by a three-judge panel that had upheld the program.

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