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Md. High Court Rules Police Can Use Volunteered DNA in Other Cases

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland's highest court has ruled police can retain and use a suspect's DNA profile obtained by consent to investigate other cases.
    
The ruling on Tuesday by the Court of Appeals says the state does not need a warrant to conduct further testing on a DNA sample voluntarily obtained.
    
The case involves George Varriale, who voluntarily provided a DNA sample to Anne Arundel County police in 2012 during an investigation into a rape allegation. While the sample supported the conclusion he did not commit the alleged rape, the DNA sample connected him to an unrelated 2008 burglary after the sample was uploaded to a database.
    
The court held that the Fourth Amendment does not preclude the police from retaining and using a suspect's DNA profile from a lawfully obtained sample.

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