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Convicted felons have a seemingly inexhaustable supply of reason for not submitting to the DNA testing that Congress has required. In United States v. Zimmerman, the Ninth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for consideration of Zimmerman's complaint that the drawing of blood violates his religious beliefs.

On one hand, it is tempting to say that the government should have just gone to another method rather than spending the money to litigate this issue. On the other, if the government bends every time a prisoner asserts a claimed and probably fabricated religious objection, it's going to end up doing a lot of bending.

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Zimmerman's claim lacks creditability: the case states that he has lots of tattoos and yet basis his religious exception upon a literal and fundamentalist reading of the book of Genesis (most fundamentalist Christians are opposed to tattoos). Oh, and he's a Catholic which may be an orthodox religion but hardly interprets the Bible as Zimmerman does.

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