Public Safety and Privacy Analysis

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Public Safety and Privacy Analysis Carolyn Newby-Ruffin AJS 552 March 18, 2013 Professor Vinci Maryland vs. King, 12A48 In this case the US Supreme Court decisions conflicts with the Maryland Supreme Court’s decisions. Alonzo Jay King Jr. was arrested for first degree assault in 2009. What Mr. King did was point a shot gun at a group of people. Witnesses identified Mr. King as the person with the shotgun. Here’s where the issue comes into play. Mr. King admitted his guilt and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Officials of the corrections department collected Mr. King’s DNA. This is a state law, but unfortunately for Mr. King his DNA came back linked to a crime of rape in 2003. Here are the particulars of the problems of this case; one the DNA collected was not needed for the assault case again in which Mr. King pleaded guilty. The collection of DNA of any prisoner or person convicted of a crime is the law in Maryland. If they did not know that it does not state that any person arrested or an arrestee is to be swab. “Maryland DNA Collection Act”, was enacted to authorize state and local law enforcement authorities to collect DNA samples from persons arrested for a crime of violence, an attempted crime of violence, a burglary or, an attempted burglary.(Pub. Safety Article #2-504(3)). First, yes pointing a shotgun at a group of people in a way of causing harm is a crime a violent crime. Hence as the law stated they collected his DNA. Perplexing, as one may conceive it but once they say they did it that is it and open for more.

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