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Ruling says Arizona DNA law doesn't require payments

PHOENIX (AP) -

A state court ruling says the Arizona law requiring DNA testing of convicted felons doesn't permit authorities to make the convicted person pay for the testing.

The ruling by a state Court of Appeals panel overturns a Maricopa County Superior Court judge's order that a man convicted of drug charges pay for required DNA testing.

The ruling says the lack of a specific provision in the law requiring a convicted person to pay for the testing presumably indicates that legislators did not want to impose that requirement.

The ruling notes that some states have laws authorizing a court or state agency to impose a DNA testing surcharge on convicted felons.

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