Friday, June 07, 2013

DNA and Scalia's Dissent

At The New Republic, Jeffrey Rosen finds much to like in Justice Scalia's dissent in the DNA swab case. An excerpt:

 He then directly addresses American citizens, in rousing words that he read from the bench: "Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.” And he ends with one of his most memorable images: “Perhaps the construction of such a genetic panopticon is wise.  But I doubt that the proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties would have been so eager to open their mouths for royal inspection.”

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