California Court Urged to Advance Case Against State Retention of DNA Profiles of Innocent People

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– NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The San Francisco County Superior Court today will hear arguments in a case challenging California law enforcement’s practice of retaining DNA profiles of individuals arrested for a felony.
The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Genetics and Society, the Equal Justice Society, and Pete Shanks against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice, alleges that law enforcement’s practice of taking DNA samples from arrestees suspected of a felony and retaining the profiles in a database, even if they’re never charged or convicted, violates privacy protections and restrictions on unreasonable searches and seizures in California’s constitution.