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Volunteer attorneys rejected for DNA notices

The Virginia Forensic Science Board has decided against turning to private attorneys for help in locating and notifying felons of old biological evidence in their cases that could be retested, the AP reports.

Board members reportedly decided instead to make the notification by certified letter because of questions of the legality of involving nongovernment entities in the process.

Virginia’s unique DNA notice project began in 2005 when then-Governor Mark Warner ordered examination of all case files from 1974 through 1988 after evidence from old files cleared five men of rape.

By Peter Vieth

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