DNA Swab without a Warrant

DNA Swab without a Warrant

On Tuesday June 23rd the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that shackling a pre-trial detainee, chaining him to a bench and forcibly opening his jaw to extract a DNA sample without a warrant was a violation of the detainee’s clearly established Fourth Amendment rights.

A divided panel revived Kenneth Friedman’s civil rights suit against the Clark County prosecutor who ordered the buccal swab and the Las Vegas police detective who obtained it, reversing a grant of summary judgment based on qualified immunity by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan of the District of Nevada.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.