Surreptitious DNA Gathering

TitleSurreptitious DNA Gathering
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsFunke, RD, Dillard, B, Potthast, A, Boxall, SF, Carr, E, Carr, S, Diaz-Sprague, R, Elliott, D, England, R, Price, C
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractLaw enforcement has recently been using a new technique for locating and convicting criminals, surreptitious DNA gathering. This technique allows the police to gather and test the DNA of a person, for example from a discarded paper cup, and use this DNA to link a person to DNA left at a crime scene. Defense lawyers argue that DNA gathered without a person's consent violates the protection against unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
NotesCase Study from the 2008 Regional Ethics Bowls. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2008
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