Daily Archives: June 17, 2014

Rape kit controversy: I-Team update

DNA Backlog1MODESTO, Calf. (KGO) — It might seem like common sense to test DNA evidence from sexual assaults to help catch more criminals, but a bill that would make that mandatory is getting some fierce opposition from the State Sheriff’s Association.

Man linked to rape by DNA evidence taken more than decade after crime gets 16 years to life

dna-samplesDENVER — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman after a DNA sample taken when he was arrested on other charges more than a decade later linked him to the attack has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

Bill aimed at reducing backlog in processing rape kits passes Ohio Senate

silver HelixYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Before the Ohio state legislature broke for summer break it passed Senate Bill 316.
The bill authored by State Senator Capri Cafaro is aimed at reducing the backlog in processing sexual assault rape kits from local law enforcement agencies.

Climate forced ancient Peruvians to migrate

Climate change in PeruDNA testing of Peruvian mummies has revealed how climate change led to the forced migrations of the ancient people of the Central Andes.
The research, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows these migrations led to an eventual genetic homogenisation of the highland and coastal people of southern Peru.

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

Evidence Bag1Congress 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.