New lawyer's bill in Georgia: Hold rape equipment for 50 years

"We are obliged, if and when we find sex offenders, to give us cases. And we will do this to win all the evidence that can be won," said Mr Scott Holcomb, former prosecutor.
Investigate the CNN investigation, "Deleted", more than 200 police departments and sheriff offices nationwide and found that 25 agencies in 14 rubbish states committed to rape equipment in uncontrolled crimes reported when statutes the limitations are still running. The destruction continued after defective and incomplete investigations and most of the equipment had never been tested on DNA. A practice routine was being deleted using devices and there was no oversight, CNN received.

Although Georgia and other states have encompasses the arrears of equipment that were not tested, the destruction of such evidence is a more fundamental crisis. The kits are gone and can not be used to lock a rapist or to convict them incorrectly.

Holcomb bill requires that any investigating agency retains evidence of biological content for 50 years or the length of the statute of the limitations, whichever is the greater.
This leaves the federal government guidance. The National Justice Institute recommends retaining rape devices in "unincorporated or unresolved reporting cases" for at least 50 years or the duration of the boundary statute.

In Georgia, there is no statutory statute for rape, mental sodium and intense sexual battery as long as the suspect is unknown. If the doubt is known, the statute of the borders is 15 years.

DeKalb County District Solicitor Sherry Boston accepts Holcomb's legislation. The challenge of investigating sexual investigation cases, she said, is that DNA may be in law enforcement and knows that the same profile has turned to other crime scenes "but it may years to really recognize that person. "

Many rapists are many serial offenders, so when equipment is eradicated, the evidence can be used to identify suspects and link them to many attacks. A prosecution is also at risk when defendants can not exercise their right to test the original evidence used against them in court. Great rape equipment, many experts with CNN, is at risk of public safety.

An example that shows the power to preserve rape gear – even beyond the statute of the borders – it is the case of the Golden State Killer who has been aggrieved in California in the 1970's and 80's. DNA police use of rape equipment to help identify Joseph James DeAngelo, arrested last April. He was charged with a total number of murder, some of which related to rape, robbery and burglary offenses.

In Georgia, the eradication of rape equipment is unknown

In the CNN investigation, the reporters concluded that there were at least 400 rape equipment in unresolved cases since 2010, and prosecutions were still viable. The higher will probably be higher. That is because there are estimated 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States; CNN surveyed 207.

In Georgia, CNN conducted a survey of three police divisions: the Atlanta Police Department, Hapeville and Police of the City of Lake. Everyone said they did not make rape devices. (See how CNN selected each section surveyed)
There are 450 legal enforcement agencies in Georgia with full-time employees, according to the FBI.

The leaders of the Sheriffs and police organizations of Georgia told CNN this week that they do not know if the agencies have already destroyed or destroyed rape equipment.

Frank Rotondo, executive director of the Association of Police Constitutes, and Terry Norris, in charge of the Association of Ministers, said to support racing equipment for the duration of the border statutes.

However, they made a warning that some agencies could make a complaint that many of them are not in their room of evidence for the storage of rape equipment for 50 years. The kits are smaller than shoe boxes, they admitted, and smaller agencies may have many equipment.

Despite the emerging challenges, Holcomb was both optimistic to make the best of all Georgian safety.

"My initial response is to give support [the bill] if it helps prosecute a case. It's a good idea and we should do it, "said Norris.

Chief police officer: Equipment & # 39; There is no question & # 39; keep

Georgia would not be the first state to enact legislation requiring rape equipment maintenance in unresolved cases. Legal law passed last year was required to be kept for 30 years in cases that were not considered. Idaho requires rape vehicles to be preserved for farming cases for 55 years.

Melissa Wintrow, state representative of Idaho, fought a couple of years ago to pay that bill.

"I'm glad to talk to anyone in Georgia because of this issue because this is about educating people," she said. "Raising devices do not accept a lot of space. The behavior I saw when the counties feel that the state wants to do these laws without consulting them or financing them to help them make the law . "

Norris and Rotondo said that any bill passed by mandate funding would have to be taken. Holcomb said he supports state funding.

"I understand that many agencies have a lot of resources and need to be addressed, they must be helped," Holcomb said. "We all have to come together on this."

LaGrange, Georgia, the Chief Police, Louis Dekmar, told CNN that the solution to the equipment could be responsible for keeping equipment from some of the smaller agencies.

Dekmar is the recent president of the International Police Leadership Association, who issued the best practices in sexual offenses investigations for two decades.

It wants to establish regional storage centers throughout the state that meet the standards needed to preserve, track and secure DNA evidence. And no matter what happens to the legislation, he said, he has teeth. The law should provide some detail on supervision, attracting agencies to follow incentives by making penal measures and failing to succeed.

"There should be no question about the storage of these equipment, and I'm not sure that we have to go beyond the borders," Dekmar said. "What is the resistance? Tell me what really is that?"

Dekmar noted that there is no time limit for applying for a murder in Georgia and there has been no opposition to keeping evidence in those cases.


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