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US court: Religious objection won't stop DNA test

US court: Religious objection won't stop DNA test

A U.S. appeals court has refused to stop the government from taking DNA from a prisoner who claims the process would violate his religious beliefs.
The court made the decision Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Russell Kaemmerling, who is in a Texas prison on a wire fraud conviction.
Federal law requires felons to give a DNA sample to be kept in a national law enforcement database.
Kaemmerling says that as an evangelical Christian, government DNA collection violates his beliefs of proper use of what he calls the building blocks of life.
But the three-judge panel said DNA collection does not call for Kaemmerling to change his religious practices and does not hamper his exercise of his religion.


Updated : 2021-02-26 21:06 GMT+08:00