Sunday, February 8, 2015

DNA evidence: Washington State considering bill that would require the preservation of DNA evidence - under urging by the Innocence Project Northwest. KPLU reports that "DNA preservation in felony cases is something 35 states require, but Washington state isn’t one of them."

STORY: "DNA  evidence would have to be preserved under proposed  law," by reporter Paula Wissel. published by KPLU on January 27, 2015.

GIST: DNA preservation in felony cases is something 35 states require, but Washington state isn’t one of them. A bill being considered in Olympia would change that. DNA is often the key element in solving cold cases or in proving that someone has been wrongfully convicted of murder or rape. Lara Zarowsky knows how important having that evidence is. She works with Innocence Project Northwest. Her organization has gotten several wrongfully convicted people freed after proving their innocence through DNA. But, she says, there have been other cases where no DNA was saved and a claim of innocence couldn't be investigated.........The DNA preservation bill the state legislature is considering would require that DNA acquired during the investigation of a felony be kept as long as the person convicted is still serving his or her sentence. DNA would also have to be preserved in cold cases."

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