MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Supreme Court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of a 2009 law allowing the state to take DNA samples from people charged with crimes.
A lawyer says lower court rulings effectively have blocked the state from carrying out the law. It was enacted after the 2008 rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in Randolph.
Defender General Matt Valerio said those lower-court rulings mean investigators currently are blocked from taking DNA samples from those who have been charged with felonies and certain misdemeanors, unless and until the court gives the state the green light to do so.
Supporters of pre-conviction DNA testing say it should be viewed as similar to taking fingerprints at arrest.
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