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Supreme Court to consider DNA evidence collection

In February a Supreme Court ruling could shape the laws that govern DNA evidence collection by law enforcement officials. Each state has its own laws governing DNA collection, which many believe is more invasive than a fingerprint or breath test.

The shady side of crime labs

Several cases of severe evidence mishandling in crime labs in recent months have raised concerns about the reliability of forensic technicians. With no federal regulations governing crime labs and no universal certification requirement in place, evidence handling remains a real concern in criminal cases.

Missouri may place more limits on cold medicine in meth fight

Over the past decade Missouri has passed stricter and stricter laws to try to curb the use and production of methamphetamine in the state. At issue is pseudoephedrine, a drug that is used to relieve cold and allergy symptoms. Pseudoephedrine is also a key ingredient in meth production.

Missouri crime rates fall in 2012

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has predicted that crime rates in most of the state for 2012 will be lower than 2011. In a recent report, at which time about a month's worth of data still needed to be compiled, Missouri law enforcement officials said that crime rates are down overall.

Strip searches and the Fourth Amendment

As we discussed last week, the Fourth Amendment protects all Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement officials. Under the Amendment, the definition of a "search' includes the search of a home, a vehicle during a traffic stop, a person's pockets or one of the most invasive tools available to law enforcement: a strip search.

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