Maryland Law Enforcement Pushes Back Against Court of Appeals DNA Ruling

Md. Officials Push Back Against DNA Ruling

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    Law enforcement officials in Maryland are pushing back against a recent court ruling on DNA that raises questions about privacy rights and public safety. News4's Darcy Spencer reports. (Published Monday, April 30, 2012)

    Maryland is at the center of a national debate over DNA and a person's right to privacy.

    Law enforcement officials are pushing back against last week’s Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that stops the state from collecting DNA from suspects charged but not yet convicted of violent crimes, News4's Darcy Spencer reported.

    Police and prosecutors say the ruling will allow dangerous criminals to go undetected.

    “Every opportunity we have to bring justice to a family is extremely important to us, so if it prevents us from holding a person accountable in one case, as far as I’m concerned that’s a devastating blow,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

    The ruling could jeopardize at least 34 convictions across the state, prosecutors said.

    Maryland's attorney general is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.