I’m left with mixed feelings about this ruling. On the one side I’m all for using DNA evidence to both prove innocence and guilt and once convicted of a felony, I have very little sympathy. Alternatively I’m left disappointed that this will open the way to abuse of the system if all it takes is a simple arrest to collect one’s DNA without any burden of proof. Sure this is why the courts are there, to clarify existing law, but I am then left to hope the legislature can get its act together and put protections in place.
This goes beyond just fingerprinting as DNA is arguably something much more personal and more revealing of ourselves then any other data someone could collect about one’s self. A database of innocent citizens’ DNA is something that is just asking to be used in the wrong way.