By The Associated Press
11:06 AM EDT, May 18, 2012
The Maryland Court of Appeals won’t reconsider a ruling that effectively barred police from collecting DNA samples from people arrested on charges of committing a violent crime or attempting to commit one.
That means Attorney General Douglas Gansler can appeal to theU.S. Supreme Court.
The court will file its order Friday denying Gansler’s May 1 motion for reconsideration.
The case involves Alonzo King Jr., who was found guilty of a 2003 rape in Salisbury. King’s DNA was taken after he had been arrested in 2009 on assault charges.
Opponents argue that taking a sample before someone is convicted violates the constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure. Supporters say the samples contribute to a database that helps law enforcement.
State officials suspended such collections following the April 24 ruling.