RI: Reasonable use of force to take inmate’s DNA under SW wasn’t grounds for suppression

The trial court erred in granting defendant’s motion to suppress the taking of his DNA by force under a search warrant when he refused to cooperate. He already had a reduced expectation of privacy in the jail, and the state’s interest in proving he was the right man accused was high. Balancing the interests favors the state. The use of force here was reasonable. State v. Querido, 2020 R.I. LEXIS 46 (June 17, 2020).

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging whether the iPhone search was before the search warrant was issued because nothing in the record supports that claim. United States v. Rivera, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106630 (W.D. Ark. May 28, 2020).*

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