September 17, 2012
A bipartisan group of Maryland lawmakers today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a state law that allows police to collect DNA samples from those arrested for violent crimes and some burglaries. The lawmakers, led by Montgomery County Del. Sam Arora (D), said the law is a critical tool for law enforcement, has helped put rapists and other criminals behind bars and should be reinstated. Eighteen others signed on to the amicus brief. Attorney General Doug Gansler has also asked the court to uphold the state law. The 2008 DNA collection law was overturned by the Maryland Court of Appeals in April, when judges agreed with civil liberties groups that have argued that people are presumed innocent at the time of arrest.
November 8, 2002
HERE'S WHAT'S scary about the case against Bernard Webster, the Baltimore man who spent 20 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit: There was no prosecutorial misconduct. Police didn't beat a confession out of him. He had a good lawyer at trial. And three eyewitnesses said they saw him near the crime scene. If not for DNA evidence collected after he had sat in a cell for nearly half his life, and a lawyer hellbent on determining the indisputable truth, nothing about this case would have suggested he wasn't guilty.
May 17, 2010
The residents of Scarlett Place should be ashamed of themselves. Some lady has her delicate sensibilities offended because she saw some dog waste, so now they are going to the trouble and expense of DNA testing every animal in the building. There are a lot of more important things in this world that are far more offensive to most people. Rather than waste time and money on silly DNA testing, they should be donating their time and money to the local food bank or homeless shelter instead.
April 28, 2012
The criminal defense lawyers make the fair and typical plea for the "right to privacy" on behalf of the violent suspects they represent, but they ignore that the victim of a crime, be it an individual, a store or whatever, has not only lost their privacy but considerably more in the process ("Maryland police continue to collect DNA samples," April 26). There are consequences to bad behavior and if giving up your DNA is one of them, so be it. Peter Bell, Monkton
April 25, 2012
Police around Maryland said Wednesday that they would continue to collect DNA samples when suspects are arrested for violent crimes and burglaries, despite a recent ruling by the state's top court limiting the practice. Several law enforcement agencies, including the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, were awaiting a decision on whether the state will appeal before they make changes. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore's mayor and a chorus of state and local officials called for an appeal of what they see as a crucial tool that has linked suspects to other, unsolved crimes.
February 2, 2010
A DNA match led police to make a second arrest in the abduction and murder of a 24-year-old man found shot to death in a West Baltimore alley last April, according to court records. Aaron J. Davis, 24, faces 23 criminal charges in connection with the death of Qonta Waddell, who was hogtied and carried away from his mother's home by two men with handguns. Waddell was later found shot to death in the 3100 block of Windsor Ave. Charging documents say the men took $3,000 from Waddell and drove him around the city trying to scrounge up more cash.