06/24/2009

Cash-strapped L.A. department stops analyzing DNA evidence

By Joel Rubin and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Out of cash and understaffed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended its faltering effort to analyze DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases.

The department halted shipments of the genetic evidence to private crime laboratories at the end of May after funds allotted for the testing ran dry, according to a report submitted by Sheriff Lee Baca to the county Board of Supervisors late last week.

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