POSTED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 5:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:54pm
Tyler (KETK) — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monday that police can take DNA samplings during an arrest.
It's created a frenzy of debate from both political parties this week.
The ruling says those DNA samples can be taken before anyone is even convicted of a crime.
Opinions on the outcome from conservatives and liberals have been mixed, even within each party.
Twenty-eight states and the federal government have the option of taking DNA from people who have been arrested before they are tried.
Texas is one of them.
Monday's ruling concluded it is a 21st century version of fingerprinting.
Lawyer Blake Bailey of Tyler, who considers himself "more on the left," agrees with the notion.
"I have represented folks worried about their Constitutional rights many times," Bailey said. "And here I am saying, 'Hey, let's give cops the ability to know what your grandmother looked like because of your DNA.'"
Bailey says DNA has been a savior for many innocent people nationwide.
"It has value, you just have to make sure it has checks and balances so the government can't use it for purposes we don't want," he said.
Others believe the practice is unconstitutional, believing it infringes on Fourth Amendment rights, which prohibits unreasonable searches.
"I think the Supreme Court is dead wrong," said Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer of District 6. "As seen with the IRS, sometimes you can't trust what the federal government does with our personal information."
Senator Ted Cruz from Texas voiced strong opinions about the ruling this week, saying it invades our liberty.
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