Federal appeals court to hear challenge to California DNA collection law

On Wednesday, a special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the latest round in the case, which has highlighted a legal issue that appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, in a brief order earlier this year, Chief Justice John Roberts said there is a “reasonable probability” the high court will take up the same legal question this coming term in a case out of Maryland, where the state Supreme Court struck down a DNA collection law.

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