Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Maryland Court of Appeals: It’s the same old story of cops buying a meal for a suspect (or getting him to lick an envelope) and then using the suspect’s left-behind saliva for DNA testing. Here, the cops bought the suspect a meal from McDonald’s. Take it away, Judge Harrell!
But in Footnote 18, Judge Harrell zeroed in on a critical detail the case file omitted: “The record does not specify whether Williamson was provided with a McDonald’s Extra Value Meal. If that was what he received, it appears that the State received the ‘extra value,’ not Williamson.”
The Wall Street Journal’s response? “Grimace!”