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Legal battle builds over DNA collection before criminal conviction in Dakota County


A legal battle is brewing over Dakota County’s return to collecting DNA samples from people who have been charged with certain violent crimes but not yet convicted.

The Sheriff’s Office resumed the practice, previously ruled unconstitutional by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, in August on the advice of County Attorney James Backstrom. He said a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld pre-conviction DNA collection “effectively overturned” the state ruling.


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