Daily Archives: November 29, 2017

Why do state laws put an expiration date on sex crimes?

On April 27, 2016, former U.S. house speaker Dennis Hastert was convicted of breaking banking law, but crimes to which he confessed in court — sexually abusing multiple high school boys in Illinois while he served as their wrestling coach nearly four decades ago — would never be prosecuted. Their statutes of limitations had expired.
A year later, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan declared the state had removed the criminal statute of limitation for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse against children. She credited Illinois’ passage of that legislation with the “powerful and courageous testimony of survivors,” many of them speaking publicly for the first time after years of silence, anger and shame.

Plano PD’s new DNA testing tool weeds out bad samples, cuts wait time for results from months to minutes

The Plano Police Department is testing a new tool that’s expected to help solve crimes faster and save money on forensic testing.
Due to the backlog at crime labs across the country, wait times for DNA results in criminal investigations can be crippling. And there’s no guarantee that items sent for testing will return usable DNA profiles. As much as half of all evidence submitted to crime labs yields no DNA at all.