Monday, February 17, 2014

Preservation of DNA evidence; Washington State; Associated Press reports on several legislative initiatives aimed a preventing the destruction of DNA evidence.

STORY: "Bills seek moratorium on destroying DNA evidence," by reporter Rachel La Corte, published by Associated Press on January 27, 2014.

GIST:  "The destruction of DNA evidence in some criminal cases has prompted the introduction of measures in the state House and Senate that would impose an 18-month moratorium on such actions. The bills, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall and Sen. Jeannie Darneille, also would create a work group to recommend permanent, statewide standards for preserving DNA material. The group would present its recommendations to the Legislature and governor by Dec. 1. Under current law, there is no requirement to preserve DNA evidence after a conviction, though defense attorneys can seek a court order to do so. The Innocence Project Northwest at the University of Washington's Law School brought the idea to Orwall and Darneille after reviewing about 70 potential DNA cases between 2011 and 2013 and finding that in 25, including murder and rape prosecutions, biological evidence was destroyed in eight cases and lost in one.........Orwall, D-Des Moines, said she was surprised to learn about inconsistency in how DNA is handled after a conviction. "It could make the difference in someone being exonerated or remaining in prison," she said."

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