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Supreme Court says police can take DNA samples upon arrest

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police can take a DNA sample from someone who has been arrested and charged but not convicted of a crime.

By a 5-4 vote, the court reversed a decision last April by Maryland's highest court that overturned the 2010 conviction and life sentence of Alonzo Jay King for a rape committed seven years earlier.

The court, in an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said the taking of DNA samples is similar to taking fingerprints.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and Paul Simao)

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