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Supreme Court hears case invovling blood tests for suspected DUIs

10:56 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
The law allows law enforcement to seek search warrants for a blood sample if a person arrested for driving under the influence refuses to consent to one
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The Supreme Court is considering whether police need to get a warrant before ordering a blood test on a suspected drunk driver.

Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices heard the case of a Missouri man pulled over for suspected DUI in 2010 and forced to undergo a blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union claims that without a search warrant, the blood test violated the man's fourth amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.

Lawyers for Missouri and the Obama administration argue police should be allowed to administer a blood test without a warrant, because a person's blood alcohol level drops as the body processes it and authorities must get a reading as quickly as possible.

A ruling is expected later this year.

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