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Congress poised to approve $41
million to help clear backlog
of untested rape kits

Washington Post, by Spencer S. Hsu

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Posted By:EagleEye, 6/17/2014 12:24:38 AM

Congress is poised to approve $41 million sought by the Obama administration to examine untested DNA evidence collected from rape victims and held by state and local police across the country. No firm count exists, but recent discoveries in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit suggest that the nationwide total of untested kits never sent to laboratories and kept in police storage exceeds 100,000 — some of them held for decades. Victims usually are unaware that their kits have not been tested, and members of both parties have called the backlogs a national scandal. On Tuesday, the full Senate is set to take up the funding as part of

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It seems criminal on the part of the prosecution that if DNA evidence is available, it is not tested before a trial and dealt with in discovery. With all the jobs needed, this would seem like one for supplier and crime lab technician. Of course the Universities are pushing social engineering. Like state prisons, this is not the feds responsibility but how the state spends its tax revenue annually.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 6/17/2014 12:33:14 AM     (No. 9888847)

And this is a federal issue because????

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Reply 2 - Posted by: droopydog, 6/17/2014 1:37:11 AM     (No. 9888871)

How is this possible? What are they spending their budget on? It´s not like rape is a serious crime or anything.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/17/2014 1:42:07 AM     (No. 9888873)

"Some of them held for decades"

How many of the victims died while waiting
(much like vets) ?

It must be an election year.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: PChristopher, 6/17/2014 1:59:16 AM     (No. 9888876)

Have they nothing better to do?!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ktwo, 6/17/2014 2:07:37 AM     (No. 9888881)

A well written article that, unfortunately, leaves me rather sure this new $41m will not fix the problem.

By my reading the appropriation does not really guarantee the testing will be done. The funds can be used for other work. Hence the money will be syphoned off into activities preferred by the police departments.

FTA Congress has tossed money at getting the tests run since a major bill passed in 2004.

Virginia seems to have tackled the problem by itself. Other states should too.

Useful and informative work by the WP.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 6/17/2014 4:29:42 AM     (No. 9888906)

Rape kits decades old are of no use for the victim because of the statute of limitations on prosecuting the perp. So why is this any of the fed´s business? Usurping states´ rights again?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: provide, 6/17/2014 6:08:33 AM     (No. 9888960)

I guess they need this to identify some of our long term criminal Dreamers.

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