Use of Rape-Kit DNA to Probe Other Crimes Shocks Prosecutors

The San Francisco district attorney's stunning claim that California crime labs are using DNA from sexual assault survivors to investigate unrelated crimes shocked prosecutors nationwide.

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FILE - San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin poses outside his office in San Francisco, on Jan. 30, 2020. Boudin's stunning assertion that police crime labs statewide are using rape and sexual assault survivors' DNA without their consent to investigate unrelated crimes has shocked prosecutors nationwide as victims' groups decry a potential chilling effect on reporting. Boudin says he became aware of the "opaque practice" last week. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco district attorney’s stunning claim that California crime labs are using DNA from sexual assault survivors to investigate unrelated crimes shocked prosecutors nationwide, and advocates said the practice could affect victims’ willingness to come forward. District Attorney Chesa Boudin said he became aware of the “opaque practice” last week after prosecutors found a report among hundreds of pages of evidence in the case against a woman recently charged with…

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