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A federal appeals court appeared ready last year to strike down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy a controversial California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from every person arrested in the state.
Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold Maryland's similar — but narrower — law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then ordered lawyers on both sides to refashion their legal arguments in light of the high court ruling.
On Monday, a specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in San Francisco.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the Obama administration are both urging the court to uphold California's law as a constitutional and powerful law enforcement tool.
Law enforcement officials say expanding DNA collection helps in solving so-called cold cases through matches in California's DNA database, which has nearly 2 million samples. The samples are compared to DNA evidence kept from long-ago crimes in hopes of finding a match. More than 10,000 suspects have been identified through the database in the last five years.
Voters passed the law in 2004 to go in effect in 2009. In 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was arrested at an Iraq War protest but never charged.
The ACLU argues that the law is unconstitutional because not all arrestees are charged with a crime. It argues that California's law is different from the Maryland law upheld by the Supreme Court because Maryland collects DNA only from those arrested for serious offenses.
"Unlike Maryland, California's DNA law includes not only individuals arrested for violent felonies but also people arrested for nonviolent offenses such as joyriding, simple drug possession, and shoplifting beer," ACLU Michael Risher wrote in a legal filing.
Risher also noted that Maryland officials automatically destroy DNA samples collected from arrestees who are not charged. Persons arrested in California but not charged must apply to the state for destruction of their DNA samples.
"These differences, however, are not constitutionally significant, and do not distinguish" between the Maryland and California laws, state deputy Attorney General Daniel Powell argued in court papers.Sun, 08 Dec 2013 19:44:23 -0800
Around 30 small dogs from East Bay shelters are scheduled for a Monday morning flight to Boise, Idaho. The program to relocate dogs to an area where adoption is more likely is being called the “Chihuahua Express” by organizers.
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) was packed with small dogs Sunday and the shelter’s Animal Care Coordinator, Diana Kimbrough, blames the designer dog trend. She says some people purchase small dogs as accessories, then when they realize the animals require more care than expected the dogs end up on the street or in shelters.
“Shelters in the Bay Area are flooded with small little dogs, like this one, and there’s not a whole lot of interest in adopting,” said Kimbrough.
In an effort to combat the problem, FAAS was collaborating with the Berkeley Animal Shelter to fly 30 small dogs to Boise, where the need is greater.
“It’s a pretty progressive idea to send dogs to where there is a demand so you’re not euthanizing animals that could make a great companion for somebody,” said Kimbrough.
FAAS has housed 398 dogs since January and it’s a relatively small shelter. The extra kennel space created by the dog transfer will allow them to take in other animals and spend more time with ones already at the shelter.
The Chihuahua Express is costing FAAS around $600, but local veterinarians are covering the bill. Pilots with the organization Wings of Rescue will take off from the Livermore Municipal Airport at nine Monday morning with the dogs on board.
If all goes well with the first trip, FAAS hopes to make the small dog transfer a regular occurrence.Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:38:50 -0800
One person was hit in the head with a bottle near San Francisco's Candlestick Park Sunday afternoon, a police spokesman said.
The male victim was struck at Gillman Avenue and Bill Walsh Way at about 1:30 p.m., Officer Gordon Shyy said.
He suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene by medical personnel, Shyy said.
No one was arrested and the incident was being investigated, he said.
The attack was not related to the San Francisco 49ers game that was in progress at the time, Shyy said.Sun, 08 Dec 2013 17:44:06 -0800 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories