- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A county south of the Twin Cities says it is planning to restart the collection of DNA samples from people arrested and charged with violent crimes.

The plan was announced Tuesday by Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie. A 2005 Minnesota law said agencies could collect DNA from defendants if a judge has ruled there’s probable cause, but it was ruled unconstitutional in 2006 by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Dakota County says a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision on a “substantially similar” Maryland law “effectively overruled” the Minnesota court’s decision. Leslie says the idea of bringing back DNA collection came up during a meeting with sheriffs last month.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1Cs5rc6 ) reports other counties in the Twin Cities area are waiting to see what happens with Dakota County’s plans.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com


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