Vermont court: No DNA collection until conviction

 

By BETH GARBITELLI, Associated Press

 

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state can’t collect DNA from suspects in criminal cases unless they have been convicted of a felony.

The split decision court rolls back an expansion of DNA collection that has been both contested and praised for years.

The ruling preserves the presumption of innocence in Vermont, according to defense attorneyDavid Sleigh.

“Your entire genome doesn’t become the property of the state merely because you’ve been charged with a crime,” Sleigh said.

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