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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 20:19
LAS CRUCES — There is a lot at stake for New Mexico if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against a Maryland law that requires DNA testing of criminal suspects.
A loss in the nation's highest court would put dozens of New Mexico cases of murder, rape and burglary in jeopardy.
Katie's Law in New Mexico allows police to collect DNA samples from suspects arrested for felony crimes.
Twenty five other states have adopted a similar law, including Maryland. The supreme court will soon make a decision on a 2009 case from Maryland, involving a man arrested for assault. When his DNA was collected, it connected him to an unsolved home invasion and rape.
He says his privacy and fourth amendment rights were violated.
New Mexico's law is called Katie's Law named in memory of Katie Sepich, a New Mexico State University student murdered in 2003.