Morning Security Brief: Supreme Court Hears DNA Collection Case, Workplace Shootings, Internet Piracy
By Ann Longmore-Etheridge
The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case yesterday on whether DNA can be collected by law enforcement without a warrant for comparison in unsolved crimes. A shooting spree has occurred at a plant in Switzerland. Prosecution will not proceed against the owner of an Internet streaming site accused of piracy.
►The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case yesterday on whether DNA can be collected by law enforcement without a warrant and then used to try to link the arrested person to unsolved crimes. According to Raw Story, "Several justices expressed concern that seizing a DNA sample from an individual to solve cold cases is a search under the Fourth Amendment," including justice Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor. The case, Maryland v. King, highlights the increasing importance of DNA in crime solving. A decision is expected in June.
►The Houston Chronicle reports that three people have been killed and seven injured in a workplace shooting spree in Menzau, Switerland, to the west of Lucerne. The shootings took place at a wood-processing company Kronospan, which has more than 450 employees. The cause of the rampage is not yet known and the killer is now believed to be dead.
►The federal government struck a deal with the owner of Channelsurfing.net, dropping prosecution of the case, which was part of a Department of Homeland Security crackdown on sports streaming sites that were allegedly infringing on copyright laws. "It's unclear why the feds are letting [owner Brian] McCarthy off the hook. Under the terms of the deal he came to with the government, he has to show good behavior, find a legal job, not violate any laws, and steer clear of anything to do with illegal Internet streaming. He also has to pay back $351,033, which he allegedly made via Channelsurfing.net," reports CNET.