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Maryland Lawmakers Want Supreme Court Review Of DNA Case

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that overturned a law allowing police to collect DNA samples from people charged with violent crimes and burglaries is coming under fire, according to the Associated Press.

The law allowing the DNA collection from violent criminals was struck down by the appellate court in April. A bipartisan group of 19 Maryland state lawmakers filed a legal brief Monday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the ruling, the Baltimore Sun reports. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is also petitioning for the Court's review. 

The law, which is set to expire at the end of next year, is getting a boost. The lawmakers — 12 Democrats and seven Republicans — also support extending the law. Supporters argue the practice can help resolve previously unsolved crime cases, like that of Alonzo King Jr., who was arrested for assault in 2009 and his DNA was later tied to a 2003 rape. 

Civil liberties groups who oppose the law argue that it violates the principle that upon arrest, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the Sun reports.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has indicated the high court probably will consider and may reverse the ruling.

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Dick Van Dyke: "Keep Moving"

Dick Van Dyke has been charming audiences for generations. In a new memoir, the actor explains how he stays in touch with his inner child and why life gets better the longer you live it.


King Of Beers: SABMiller Agrees In Principle To Merger With Budweiser Brewer

If the deal is formally agreed upon, the company would own around 31 percent of beer sales around the world.

Republicans Don't Want To Take Paul Ryan's 'No' For An Answer

Ryan's ability to walk a fine line between the Republican party's hardline conservative and establishment wings goes back years, and has made him "everybody's choice" to run for speaker of the House.
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Global Security Threats Posed By The Increasingly Sophisticated Tools Of Cyberwarfare

The U.S., Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have emerged as major players in the new world of cyberwarfare. With a panel of experts, we discuss global security threats posed by increasingly sophisticated malware and the new digital arms race.

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