Supreme Court Rules Police Can Swab a Suspected Rapist Without a Warrant

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In a ruling that adds to police powers in investigating rape, the Supreme Court of Canada says police have the right to take a penile swab from suspected attackers, forcibly if necessary, as long as they do so in a private cell and have reasonable grounds to believe they will find relevant evidence.


Article available from the Globe & Mail.