2013 News Releases

AG Schmidt: Supreme Court makes the right call on DNA collection

Release Date: Jun 03, 2013

TOPEKA – (June 3, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Maryland v. King, which upheld post-arrest DNA collection:

“Today’s decision upholds a critical public safety practice that Kansas has used for years. Like fingerprinting, post-arrest DNA swabbing is a vital tool that identifies offenders, solves crimes and keeps Kansas safe. Today, the Supreme Court decided we may continue this practice without running afoul of the Constitution.”

Kansas joined a brief arguing in support of today’s outcome.

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