On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police may collect DNA from people arrested for serious crimes. This is a very good ruling. It will help solve some cases that have gone cold, it will shorten the costly and lengthy investigations of many crimes and it will help to exonerate some who are falsely accused.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion said a DNA cheek swab upon arrest is "a legitimate police booking procedure."
Who could object to this? Well, it turns out your friends at the American Civil Liberties Union have a problem with it. They say the ruling is, "a serious blow to genetic privacy." Yeah, I've lost a lot of sleep over that one!
Look, I hate to disrupt a stupid argument with simple logic, but putting a cotton swab into the mouth of a person arrested for a serious crime is not an invasion of privacy. If you are arrested, you will be fingerprinted. Let's add a DNA cheek swab too. If you haven't committed any other crimes or if you don't in the future, then you never have to worry about it. I think that's fair.
Now remember, Kentucky and Indiana are two of the 24 states that don't allow DNA collection. Maybe with this Supreme Court ruling our state lawmakers can now have the courage to join the 26 other states that do.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.