The Los Angeles Police Department has cut its backlog of rape kits -- untested DNA evidence from rapes and sexual assaults -- following increased media attention and pressure from victims’ rights groups.
In a NOW investigation earlier this year, Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa reported that thousands of rape and sexual-assault evidence kits had never been analyzed by the LAPD.
This week, The Los Angeles Times reported that the LAPD has cut the number of untested evidence kits by half to 3,157.
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The city of Los Angeles has reneged on its commitment
to cut an enormous backlog of rape kits
-- untested DNA evidence from rapes and sexual assaults – outraging victims' rights advocates.
Last year, following increased media attention and years of pressure from rights groups, the city approved $1.4 million to hire new staff members for the DNA crime laboratory and outsource rape kits to private labs for testing. But last week, officials announced that due to the city's fiscal crisis they would not hire new crime lab staff, breaking their promise to expedite the testing of rape kits in Los Angeles County.
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On January 29, a jury in Witchita found confessed killer Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder
in the shooting death of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller
Abortion opponents, who had tried for decades to disrupt Dr. Tiller’s practice, have turned much of their attention to his colleague, Dr. Leroy Carhart. Dr. Carhart vowed to carry on Tiller's mission in Nebraska and hired two people who had worked at Dr. Tiller’s clinic. In the NOW on PBS report "Abortion Providers Under Siege," Dr. Carhart spoke to NOW’s Maria Hinojosa about what it's like for him and his family to live as "targets."
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