Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Unable to Prosecute More Than 200 Sexual Assault Cases
According to the results of an audit released last month, more than 200 open cases of sexual assault in Los Angeles County will not be prosecuted. This is the result of the LAPD’s Scientific Investigations Division failing to test DNA evidence before the 10 year Statute of Limitations passed. The audit further found that 7,000 sexual assault test kits still remained untested by the Scientific Investigations Division!
Moreover, the audit discovered that the LAPD failed to notify several sexual assault victims that their rape kits had not been tested within a 2 year period, as required by California State Law. LAPD Chief William J. Bratton has cited lack of funding and staff as the root of the problem. Bratton indicated that the LAPD needs at least $7 million and more staff to help fix the problem.
It will definitely be interesting to see how many more sexual assault cases will go un-prosecuted as a result of the LAPD’s inability to test the DNA evidence. Wallin and Klarich will be monitoring this very closely over the next few months. Call a California sexual assault defense attorney at Wallin and Klarich today to see how this or any other criminal matter could potentially impact you, your loved ones, or your friends! Wallin and Klarich has been in the business of helping people with their criminal matters in their time of need for over 30 years and we would like to help you with yours! Visit us at www.wklaw.com and call us at 888-749-0034.