DNA, Privacy and Personhood: The Crime of Being Alive

, New York Law Journal

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In his Criminal Law column, Ken Strutin, director of legal information services at the New York State Defenders Association, writes: The Bill of Rights is instinct with privacy, the Civil War Amendments with personhood. But the layers of our lives - the "persons, houses, papers, and effects" - are being peeled away by technology. The U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation of DNA "test upon arrest" is among the latest developments in a mindset that can make being alive a crime.

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