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.