Carper/Coons to Annoubnce Federal Funding to Help DNA Processing

Sep 05, 2013 -- 4:56am

Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons will this afternoon announce federal funding for the Department of Health and Social Services that will help the state medical examiner streamline and expedite its processing of DNA evidence.

DNA evidence is playing a larger role than ever before in criminal cases, both to convict the guilty and to exonerate those wrongly accused or convicted. The increased role places greater importance on the ability of investigators and prosecutors to handle crime scene DNA evidence to avoid contamination or destruction.

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