Groundbreaking, long-running DNA exoneration effort coming to an end

Nothing like it had ever been done anywhere before in any state. The job initially largely fell in the lap of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science with no road map to guide it.
In the years that followed the project’s launch, the General Assembly – in bipartisan actions – stepped in several times, twice concerning the notification of persons whose old evidence was being tested. Eventually the Virginia State Crime Commission and numerous state agencies (in and out of law enforcement) helped out, as did various innocence projects, pro-bono lawyers and other volunteers.