At the close of a major news series on evidence preservation in the Denver Post, Colorado legislators called today for law enforcement agencies to halt the destruction of crime scene materials collected in felony cases while new laws are being considered.
"We've got to make sure we've got the right people in prison and that victims can get justice," said state Rep. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, who is crafting a bill to preserve DNA and other forensic samples in murders and rapes for decades and provide penalties for trashing it.
Added state Sen. Ken Gordon, D-Denver: "We just can't tolerate negligence in this area."
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. (Denver Post, 07/26/2007)
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