Crime Tracker: Supreme Court Decision On DNA Testing
KHQ.COM - The Supreme Court settled a years long debate in Maryland ruling that police can take DNA samples during arrests. The move could eventually make DNA swabbing as common as fingerprinting. In a five to four decision, justices in the high court ruled that police can take the sample by swabbing the inside of the cheek when they make an arrest in a serious or violent crime, like murder or rape. The decision upholds a Maryland law that could open the door to more widespread DNA collection by officers.
DNA samples collected at the scene are checked against a national database of unsolved crimes. The accuracy of DNA testing has proven to be a determining factor in successfully identifying suspects. Justices say the DNA swab can also help confirm the identity of the arrestee and discover whether the suspect has a violent past. Until this week's decision, law enforcement could only swab for DNA if they had a warrant or if the person under arrest had a felony conviction.
Sunday, December 8 2013 3:05 AM EST2013-12-08 08:05:29 GMT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school has been fired after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license.More >>
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school has been fired after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license. Michael Griffin was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School on Friday after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of the school's teaching terms and Griffin's contract.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 3:04 AM EST2013-12-08 08:04:13 GMT
Sunday: A fairly compact system cruises through the area. Progressing from mostly cloudy with light snow to partly cloudy.More >>
Overnight: Clear skies & perhaps the coldest night so far for many communities! Arctic temperatures continue with a few daily low temperature records expected to be set by morning. Sunday: A fairly compact system cruises through the area. Progressing from mostly cloudy with light snow to partly cloudy.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 2:56 PM EST2013-12-07 19:56:07 GMT
KHQ.COM - Fire crews are on the scene of an apartment fire on the 2900 block of South Waterford Drive. Approximately 300 people have been evacuated.More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire officials were called to the scene of a fire at Touchmark on South Hill, a senior living apartment complex on the 2900 block of South Waterford just after 7:30 Saturday morning. More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:18 PM EST2013-12-06 19:18:21 GMT
KHQ.COM - We all know that passwords protect our personal accounts and information. More >>
KHQ.COM - We all know that passwords protect our personal accounts and information. However it's important to make sure that your password is unique and difficult to prevent people and software programs from figuring it out.More >>