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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

'Panopticon'? – Keep your eyes on the word!

Ronald Collins posted at SCOTUSblog.
"'Perhaps the construction of such a genetic panopticon is wise.'

"Those are Justice Antonin Scalia’s words, taken from Monday’s [June 3, 2013] eye-opening dissent in Maryland v. King. The Court, by a vote of five to four, upheld a Maryland law that authorizes the collection of DNA from individuals arrested for 'serious' offenses. In his dissent, Justice Scalia (joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan) took strong exception to the majority’s approval of a suspicionless search without any justifying motive.

"But what of the word 'panopticon'? ...

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