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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-28-09 08:29 AM
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82. um no
First it could have gotten there other ways (or he could have been set up). They could have had consensual sex (still against the law at her age).

Second, labs do mix things up and make mistakes.

Below are the 23 cases of contamination or errors in major criminal cases the lab system has admitted to, according to State Patrol and court documents:


# Problem: Cross-contamination

# When and where: July 2002, Spokane lab

# Forensic scientist: Lisa Turpen

# Case: child rape

# What happened: Turpen contaminated one of four vaginal swabs with semen from a positive control sample. Corrected report issued almost two years later in March 2004. ....Yakima prosecutors offered plea deal during the trial, with defendant pleading guilty to two gross misdemeanors. Turpen's mistake was a factor, according to defense.

Third - evidence is not just a simple thing like dna. It is a process where you look at witnesses, time lines, etc and so on.

Lastly - pinning this rape (or others) on him with only dna evidence might be a strong case, but it also closes the case in the mind of some and there may well be another perp out there who got away with it OR had a hand in it.

Do I think he did it? Looks that way based on the words of a few people typed online in news papers - but I don't believe allowing them to convict someone is a good idea (and I still remember the Gary Condit episode).
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