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Supreme Court: Should DNA samples be taken from arrestees?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently weighed the positives and negatives of collecting a DNA sample from anyone who is arrested -- but not necessarily convicted -- of a crime. The issue is whether or not the privacy concerns outweigh public health concerns and if this practice is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

St. Paul man sues city, claims police brutality

The St. Paul City Council was recently expected to approve a $30,000 settlement involving a 26-year-old who sued the city and two officers who supposedly used unnecessary force while arresting him for an alleged probation violation.

Bad Evidence: Prosecutor Drops St. Paul Crime Lab Case

Last week, Ramsey County prosecutors dropped fifth-degree controlled substance charges against a St. Paul woman after a secondary test of the evidence came back negative. The woman had originally been charged with possession of methamphetamine following an arrest in April of last year.

St. Paul Crime Lab Woes Mount: More Embarrassing Revelations

Problems for the troubled St. Paul Crime Lab keep appearing. The storm around the St. Paul Crime Lab began brewing earlier this summer after a Dakota County court challenge revealed the unaccredited facility may have contaminated samples that were tested at the lab with other narcotics.

Minnesotans Question the Impact of Looming Shutdown

While lawmakers are wrangling to resolve Minnesota's budget, questions remain for many individuals facing criminal charges about how the potential shutdown may affect them. The good news is that the shutdown is likely to have little impact.

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