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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

The Rights of Victims (cont.)

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  • A right to consult with the prosecutor and to read reports relating to the case and defendant.
  • A right to notice of and to be present at all proceedings including postconviction and/or parole.
  • A right to be heard at critical proceedings through the postconviction process, including proceedings that involve hearings on DNA evidence if they could lead to a release of the defendant, requests for extensions of time, and plea agreements.
  • A right to be informed of the planned destruction of biological evidence.

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