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Alternative to the John Doe Warrant

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An alternative to filing a John Doe warrant is legislative action eliminating or enlarging current statutes of limitations. Some states have extended or eliminated statutes of limitations for certain crimes that involve DNA evidence. Generally, there are no ex post facto or due process clause violations when the statute of limitations is extended before the expiration of the existing statute of limitations. [State v. Haines, 661 N.W.2d 72; 2003 WI 39; 261 Wis.2d 139 (Wis. 2003)].

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