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11:22 am
Wed December 3, 2014

MD High Court Rules on Defense DNA Evidnce

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results.
In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.
The court's ruling upholds the conviction of two Maryland men on charges including attempted murder and burglary stemming from a 2009 Montgomery County home invasion. Both men are serving life sentences.

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7:52 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Parkside High School Sexual Assault Trial Begins Today

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Today is the start of the trial of 18 year old Jocori Scarborough who has been charged with second-degree rape among other counts for allegedly assaulting a Parkside High School student last May.

The state has said it will introduce DNA evidence into the case along with a recovered handgun.

Scarborough is also charged with possession of a regulated firearm under the age of 21.

The case remains in Wicomico County Circuit Court despite defense efforts in late August to get the trial moved to a different jurisdiction because of the extensive media coverage.

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11:44 am
Mon June 3, 2013

HIgh Court Upholds DNA Sampling for Arrestees in Maryland

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court says police can legally take DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases.

The justices, on a 5-4 vote, say taking DNA samples from people who have been arrested for various crimes, long before their guilt or innocence has been proven, does not violate the Constitution.

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10:15 am
Fri April 5, 2013

DNA Test for Arrestees Gets Okay from Maryland Senate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to extend a state law that allows police to take DNA samples from arrestees for certain violent crimes.

The Senate voted 39-7 to pass the bill on Thursday, sending it to Gov. Martin O'Malley who supports the law.

The law, which took effect in 2009, was set to expire in December. The measure extends it indefinitely.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case challenging the law earlier this year. The high court has yet to rule.

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8:27 am
Fri March 15, 2013

DNA Sample Bill Heads Toward Renewal in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to maintain a much-debated state law that allows police to take DNA samples from arrestees without a warrant.

In 2009, the state began requiring people arrested for certain violent crimes to submit a DNA sample before going to trial. The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case challenging the law last month. The court has yet to rule.

The law was set to expire in December, but the House voted Thursday to extend it indefinitely. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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9:26 am
Mon February 25, 2013

U. S. Supreme Court to Hear Maryland DNA Case

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The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a Maryland case on whether to restrict police use of DNA to solve crimes.

The justices will rule on the common police practice of taking DNA tests from individuals who have been arrested but not convicted to see if they are connected to unsolved crimes.

At the center of the case is a Salisbury man, Alonzo Jay King, whose DNA was taken when he was arrested by police in 2009 on assault charges.

The DNA connected him to a 2003 rape of a Wicomico County woman at gunpoint.

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11:56 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Martin O'Malley Elaborates Safety Priorities

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has elaborated on his public safety priorities for this year's legislative session.

O'Malley said Friday he wants to make $25 million available for schools to invest in security like locks and cameras. O'Malley also wants to boost the number of Maryland State Police officers.

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8:41 am
Thu July 19, 2012

MD Police Given Okay From Chief Justice To Get DNA Sample From Arrestees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is allowing police in Maryland to resume collecting DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes.

Roberts on Wednesday issued an order that temporarily blocked a Maryland court ruling that effectively barred the collection of genetic material from criminal suspects without a warrant. The order was issued at the state's request in the case of Alonzo King Jr.

King was convicted of a 2003 rape based on DNA evidence taken after his arrest on assault charges in 2009.