New Legislation Introduced to Extend the Statute of Limitation in the use of DNA Evidence in Rape Cases

12626352-mmmainCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican-sponsored legislation introduced Wednesday in the Ohio Senate would extend the statute of limitations for rape and sexual battery in the state when DNA evidence is uncovered.

The legislation is the latest attempt to allow prosecutors to go after individuals implicated in years-old rape cases as state investigators clear a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits.

Under Senate Bill 13, if DNA evidence is found to implicate someone in a rape or sexual battery case, prosecutors would have 20 years after that discovery to file charges, regardless of when the crime took place. Read more…


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