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voiceofreason
02-01-2016, 06:44 AM
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Why an Ohio Supreme Court case involving rape kits is drawing national attention

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February 01, 2016 at 9:30 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio A Cleveland rape case in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court could result in tougher standards for prosecuting cases reopened after tests on thousands rape kits, some that had been shelved for decades.

State and national victims' advocacy groups are closely watching the case. They've filed legal briefs warning that, if an appeals court decision stands, it could undermine justice for rape survivors and allow serial rapists to evade prosecution.

At issue is whether it's fair to prosecute rape cases based on DNA found in the rape kits -- even if it identifies a suspect police knew of decades earlier but, for whatever reason, didn't charge.

A state appeals court last summer found that a nearly 20-year delay in prosecution was fundamentally unjust to Demetrius Jones, who was accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 1993.

Police at the time swiftly closed investigation after they were unable to locate the victim.

The case was resurrected after Jones' DNA was discovered in an evidence kit collected from the woman at a hospital. He was indicted in 2013, one day before the window of time to prosecute the case was to expire.