Santa Barbara
75° F
Santa Maria
77° F
San Luis Obispo
76° F
74° F

Supreme Court to decide on DNA sampling of arrestees

By Shirin Rajaee, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter,
Published On: Feb 27 2013 10:07:19 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 27 2013 10:08:43 AM CST

The high court hears both sides of a controversial case out of Maryland that could impact the entire country.

A Supreme Court case was argued Tuesday that could impact the entire country, with definite effects in Santa Barbara County. The case Maryland vs. Alonzo King brings up the question of whether police have the right to take genetic information from people who have only been arrested, but not yet convicted of a crime.                                                                                                              

The justices seemed torn on the issue. One of the justices said it was "one of the most important criminal procedure cases they've heard in decades." More than half the country, including California, take samples of people arrested for felonies long before they're proven innocent or guilty. The sample is then entered into a statewide and national database that is used to help crack cold cases.

Santa Barbara Deputy District Attorney, Ben Ladinig, says DNA cheek swabs are a very important resource. In fact, if police hadn't taken a DNA sample upon the felony arrest of Joshua Packer, the Faria Beach murder case would likely remain unresolved. Packer is the 23-year old accused of fatally stabbing Brock and Davina Husted and their unborn child in their Faria Beach home in May 2009.   

But Santa Barbara's public defender tells NewsChannel 3 that the government taking away the most personal possession of a citizen, is a direct violation of privacy. He adds that if someone is convicted of a crime, that's different, but often times arrests are falsely made, or by mistake. He does not believe it's right for the government to take your DNA sample and use it for other purposes.

The Supreme Court is set to make a decision in the next few months. 

NewsChannel 3 Reporter Shirin Rajaee reports. 


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Body of Isaiah Sanchez Recovered at Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Ellwood Fire

    Explosion at Goleta Apartment Complex Leaves One Man Hospitalized

    Santa Barbara County Fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at an apartment complex on 447 Ellwood Drive in Goleta.   Fire officials received the call at around 7:00 p.m. One person was injured and taken to the hospital with severe burns.  The apartment manager helped put out a small fire that broke out after the blast. The explosion and fire are still under investigation.  The fire did not spread to any adjoining apartments.

  • Santa Paula Reserve Police Officer Resigns After Posting Video About Bicyclists

    Volunteer posted a YouTube video joking about running over bicyclists.

  • Juvenile Hall Court to Host Gang-related Murder Trial

    The so-called "U-Haul murder trial" is expected to be another high security, gang-related trial that requires extra time and money to make it work at the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall courtroom which is seen as the most practical venue.

  • What You Need to Know Before Accepting an Ice Challenge

    It's a challenge that has gone viral. It's known as "The Cold Water Challenge," but could this latest trend be harmful to your health?

  • inspection_report_public_health_notice

    Health Inspectors Look Into Restaurant Bug

    Old Town Mexican Café in Old Orcutt has never failed an inspection in the past according to the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Department. On satruday several diners spotted bugs at the restaurant

  • New Family Friendly Tasting Room Opens in Solvang

     A new winery in Solvang recently opened their doors, and they are making their tasting room open to everyone.

  • dangerous dogs

    Orcutt Family Starts Petition to Change County Ordinance

    An Orcutt family is fighting to keep their dogs from being euthanized, and is now trying to change a county ordinance on aggressive dogs. The family has an online petition spreading their message on the internet in an effort to get the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's attention.

    Peggy Henning remembers the day her family welcomed Daisy and Duke into their family like it was yesterday.

    "They immediately just became part of the family," said Henning. "They were very friendly with all the guests we had coming over."

    But things changed when Daisy and Duke got loose. They liked chasing cats.

    "Dogs are pack animals and that is their default instinct," said Henning. "If they are bonded or litter mates, it intensifies that. They would get out of the confines of our house or yard and this instinct would come to the surface."

  • Slideshow: Rescue Crews Find Body In Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Slideshow: Blondes VS Brunettes Charity Football Game

    A charity football game at the Polo fields in Carpinteria pits the Blondes vs Brunettes. The all-women football teams duked it out on Saturday to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Both teams fought fiercely but in the end, only one came out the victor.

    Photography by Oscar Flores.