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DNA - A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook Inventory

Keeping Cold Cases Alive

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Two different approaches are available to prosecutors to keep cold cases alive:

  • Prosecutors can file John Doe warrants describing an unnamed individual's DNA profile found at the crime scene.
  • Many state legislatures have eliminated or extended the statute of limitations for certain violent crimes.

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