Scalia Warns: Your DNA Can Be Taken and Entered Into a National DNA Database

By: Monday June 3, 2013 1:05 pm

In the landmark case of Maryland v. King, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that a warrant is not needed to take your DNA. According to the Court, the police can take a DNA swab from individuals arrested for serious crimes simply as part of the booking procedure.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli, Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 1:59 pm

Genetic Justice provides an accessible, yet exhaustive, review of this vital public policy issue. Many of us fail to appreciate that every time we discard a coffee cup, use a napkin, eat with a fork and spoon or otherwise interact with our environment, we leave a piece of ourselves behind. And that piece of ourselves—that DNA—can be used not just to discern our identity, but to provide clues on whether we’re likely to develop a particular disease, what we look like and where we come from. The physical trail of DNA can also be used to track our movements, and legal theories that permit the authorities to freely collect this “abandoned” DNA could theoretically make the warrant requirement and other checks on law enforcement abuse obsolete.

The issues raised by Genetic Justice may be complicated, but they are crucially important to our modern civil liberties. And, as the technology for analyzing DNA becomes smaller, faster and cheaper, these considerations just become more pressing. Genetic Justice provides a needed glimpse into that brave new world.

Titillating Reports on Occupy Wall Street Tie to Unsolved Murder Likely Result of DNA Contamination

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 3:26 pm

Last night, media organizations in New York reported New York Police Department investigators found DNA that linked the Occupy Wall Street movement to an unsolved murder from 2004. Anyone reading or hearing the news would have immediately thought there is a murderer in the Occupy movement in New York. However, there’s no evidence the DNA find being reported came from any occupiers in the movement, though the suggestion is reported unskeptically.

FDL Movie Night: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

By: Monday February 20, 2012 5:00 pm

We are honored to have Joe Berlinger back with us just days before the Oscars, where Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory his latest film (directed with Bruce Sinofsky) is nominated for Best Documentary. Paradise Lost 3 follows the case of the West Memphis Three and demonstrates the immense power of film to right wrongs and bring about change.

FDL Movie Night: William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

By: Monday January 17, 2011 5:00 pm

William Kunstler, Disturbing the Universe recounts the historic explores the live and career of one of the most controversial lawyers whose believed in justice for. Directed by his daughter Emily and Sarah the film explores not only his civil rights work and his private clients, but also how his family coped with his work

Justice is not a popularity contest

The Freedom Riders, Chicago 8/7, Wounded Knee, Martin Luther King, Jr. , negotiating at Attica made sense for a civil rights lawyer.

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