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DNA Testing Changes Could Come Soon

Police want to take DNA samples sooner.
ALTOONA - Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill that allows police to take DNA samples from people once they are charged with a serious crime.
 
Currently police in the state can only take samples once someone is convicted.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the change in June, but some local attorneys say the change would be a violation of the person’s 4th amendment.
 
"The argument is that it's used for ID purposes and will streamline law enforcement, but I believe that interest is outweighed by the invasion of an individual’s privacy," Defense Attorney Steve Passarello says.
 
The House Judiciary Committee discussed the proposal Tuesday. No votes have been scheduled.

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