Ms. Ram subsequently published an article in a law journal calling on Maryland lawmakers to act against the practice.
Granting police access to a suspect’s genome, she argued, including markers of sensitive health information, was akin to an unreasonable search, which is banned by the Fourth Amendment.
In 2019, she testified to a state House committee after a delegate, Charles Sydnor, who is now a state senator, introduced legislation that would have banned the method outright.
But it prompted discussions with legal experts, public defenders, prosecutors and police officers that led to a compromise bill, which passed unanimously this term in the state House and Senate.
But some experts said that the law could put a damper on the technology’s use in Maryland.
Ram, — Joseph James DeAngelo Jr, —, Charles Sydnor, ” John Fitzgerald
Golden State, Maryland, Senate, Chevy Chase Village Police Department