EVIDENCE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/EVIDENCE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Editorial: Transparency builds trust in rape-kit process http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57832311-82/rape-burbank-kits-cases.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57832311-82/rape-burbank-kits-cases.html.csp">Editorial: Transparency builds trust in rape-kit process</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T10:57:21.033-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 10:57AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A heated exchange involving Salt Lake City’s police chief and a member of the City Council has prompted quick action from Police Chief Chris Burbank, and the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office that could bring more rapists to justice. While Burbank took umbrage with criticism from Councilman Kyle LaMalfa about the lack of evaluations of hundreds of rape evidence “kits,” he also rightly took the criticism to heart. His plan for more transparency should mean better communication among law enfor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57832311@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:57:21 MDT NFL: Sharper’s attorneys to question Arizona evidence http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57832036-77/sharper-arizona-sexual-attorneys.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57832036-77/sharper-arizona-sexual-attorneys.html.csp">NFL: Sharper’s attorneys to question Arizona evidence</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JACQUES BILLEAUD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T09:54:01.905-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 09:54AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Phoenix • Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper are questioning the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville began a hearing on the subject Wednesday and is expected to conclude it Thursday afternoon. It’s the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578320362014-04-17T09:54:01.905-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-17T09:54:01.905-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57832036@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:01 MDT Blame game under way in lack of rape prosecutions, lab testing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822873-90/assault-dna-evidence-kits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822873-90/assault-dna-evidence-kits.html.csp">Blame game under way in lack of rape prosecutions, lab testing</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By christopher smart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T13:19:27.703-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 01:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Experts say that only a small fraction of rapes are reported and that the prosecution rate in those cases is dismally small — in Salt Lake County it’s 6 percent. In many instances of alleged sex assault, forensic evidence gathered from the victim is not even analyzed. Such evidence — including semen and saliva that can provide DNA — is collected by specially trained nurses in what is called a Code R kit, or rape kit. The evidence could be key to a conviction. But of 1,001 sex assault investigati...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57822873@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:19:27 MDT Prosecutor presses Pistorius at murder trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57817310-68/pistorius-nel-steenkamp-athlete.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57817310-68/pistorius-nel-steenkamp-athlete.html.csp">Prosecutor presses Pistorius at murder trial</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By GERALD IMRAY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T10:30:03.36-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 10:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Pretoria, South Africa • The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete’s account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel also accused Pistorius of tailoring his testimony to fit the evidence at the scene. Pistorius denied the accusations. Nel alleged that the Olympic runner changed his aim with his 9 mm pistol ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578173102014-04-14T10:30:03.36-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-14T10:30:03.36-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57817310@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:03 MDT Judges scheduled to meet in Price to hear grand jury testimony http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57790488-78/district-grand-judges-jury.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57790488-78/district-grand-judges-jury.html.csp">Judges scheduled to meet in Price to hear grand jury testimony</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T16:08:12.21-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 04:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 8 in Price, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 7th District Courthouse, 149 E. 100 South, in Price. Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at 801-578-3800 by April 30, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by April 30, the meeting will be canceled without further notice. The purpos...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790488@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:08:12 MDT Krugman: Zombie ideas stalk the economy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57752013-82/skills-workers-gap-employers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57752013-82/skills-workers-gap-employers.html.csp">Krugman: Zombie ideas stalk the economy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL KRUGMAN</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T16:59:49.934-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 04:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A few months ago, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Marlene Seltzer, the chief executive of Jobs for the Future, published an article in Politico titled “Closing the Skills Gap.” They began portentously: “Today, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. Yet, at the same time, 4 million jobs sit unfilled” — supposedly demonstrating “the gulf between the skills job seekers currently have and the skills employers need.” Actually, in an ever-changing economy there are always ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57752013@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:59:49 MDT Letter: Pundit should always rely on evidence, not beliefs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57728965-82/evidence-empirical-belief-beliefs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57728965-82/evidence-empirical-belief-beliefs.html.csp">Letter: Pundit should always rely on evidence, not beliefs</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T01:01:02.947-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rich Lowry (“The foolish anti-vaxx campaign,” Opinion, March 18) correctly and appropriately points out that there is no empirical evidence supporting the belief that vaccination causes autism. In making his case, he appears to embrace the fundamental principle that beliefs should be based on solid empirical evidence. Most of us give lip service to this principle, but rarely employ it. The basis for human belief is much more likely to be ignorance, oversimplification, ideology, emotion, group p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57728965@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT UPD: Taylorsville raid nets drugs, bogus documents http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57708423-78/drug-possession-unit-condominium.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57708423-78/drug-possession-unit-condominium.html.csp">UPD: Taylorsville raid nets drugs, bogus documents</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Bob Mims</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T14:54:29.245-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 02:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A Unified Police Department SWAT team forced entry into a Taylorsville condominium unit Thursday, allegedly finding evidence of a drug-distribution and identity theft operation. UPD said its officers went through the unit’s attached garage and then into the home Meadowbrook Condominium Village near 4300 S. and 1200 West. The raid reportedly took place about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Inside, officers said they found unspecified amounts if methamphetamine and heroin, along with evidence of document frau...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57708423@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:54:29 MDT Cop who shot Danielle Willard to ask for job back http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57703102-78/cowley-unit-willard-shooting.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57703102-78/cowley-unit-willard-shooting.html.csp">Cop who shot Danielle Willard to ask for job back</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By nate carlisle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T21:46:06.136-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 09:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The West Valley City police detective who shot and killed Danielle Willard will ask for his job back next month. The city’s civil service commission on Wednesday scheduled Shaun Cowley’s employment hearing for 8 a.m. April 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30. A hearing had been scheduled for February but was postponed when Cowley’s attorney requested more time to prepare. Cowley fired the shot that killed 21-year-old Willard during a November 2012 drug bust. But that shooting was not listed as reason for h...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57703102@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:46:06 MDT Evidence spotted for universe’s early growth spurt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57693455-68/universe-inflation-pattern-bang.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57693455-68/universe-inflation-pattern-bang.html.csp">Evidence spotted for universe’s early growth spurt</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MALCOLM RITTER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-17T16:42:51.036-06:00">Updated Mar 17, 2014 04:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos. If confirmed, experts said, the discovery would be a major advance in the understanding of the early universe. Although many scientists already believed that an initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, they have long sought the type of evidence cited in the new study. The resu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576934552014-03-17T16:42:51.036-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-17T16:42:51.036-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57693455@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:42:51 MDT Missing plane: Investigators conclude flight was hijacked http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57683646-68/plane-official-flight-investigators.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57683646-68/plane-official-flight-investigators.html.csp">Missing plane: Investigators conclude flight was hijacked</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By EILEEN NG </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and JOAN LOWY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T23:06:33.22-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 11:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday. No motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576836462014-03-14T23:06:33.22-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-14T23:06:33.22-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57683646@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:06:33 MDT Experts say criminal charges likely in John Swallow case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57670998-90/swallow-report-utah-attorney.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57670998-90/swallow-report-utah-attorney.html.csp">Experts say criminal charges likely in John Swallow case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T10:35:32.528-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 10:35AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow may have broken no fewer than eight laws in a widespread abuse of public trust, according to a Utah House Special Investigative Committee report released Wednesday. The state’s former top cop likely will face criminal charges as a result, experts predicted. The report alleges Swallow had a “pay-for-play” relationship with wealthy friends and supporters for whom he would perform favors while hurting the integrity and reputation of his office and the jus...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57670998@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:35:32 MDT Prosecutors: Army general coerced captain into affair, threatened her http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57647394-68/sinclair-general-captain-prosecutors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57647394-68/sinclair-general-captain-prosecutors.html.csp">Prosecutors: Army general coerced captain into affair, threatened her</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL BIESECKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T10:16:21.261-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 10:16AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fort Bragg, N.C. • With the Pentagon under increased scrutiny over revelations of rampant rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks, opening statements began Friday in a rare court-martial of an Army general — believed to be the most senior member of the U.S. military to face trial on sex assault charges. Prosecutors called Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair a domineering man who coerced the victim into a three-year affair. Lead prosecutor Lt. Col. Robert Stelle told the jury that Sinclair said to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57647394@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:16:21 MDT UPD auction set for evidence, including cars, electronics, jewelry and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57636470-78/auction-property-upd-cars.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57636470-78/auction-property-upd-cars.html.csp">UPD auction set for evidence, including cars, electronics, jewelry and more</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Bob Mims</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T12:51:15.749-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 12:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Pssst, buddy: Want a deal on some goods? You might want to try the Unified Police Department’s upcoming auction of surplus, unclaimed and seized property. It all takes place on March 22, beginning 9 a.m. at the TNT Auction yard, 2353 N. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City. Bidders will compete for items ranging from cars and trucks to audio/visual equipment, personal property, jewelry, tools, auto parts and various household items. All cash proceeds from the auction will support a variety of law enforc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57636470@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:51:15 MDT WVC police review board urges more officer training http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57631398-90/board-council-department-evidence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57631398-90/board-council-department-evidence.html.csp">WVC police review board urges more officer training</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By pamela manson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T22:19:03.848-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">West Valley City • The police review board in Utah’s second largest city is recommending more training for officers on the proper way to handle evidence and an outreach effort to get more residents to attend its meetings. In addition, the Professional Standards Review Board (PSRB) wants each police car equipped with a hobble strap, which is a lightweight belt used to restrain a prisoner’s legs or arms. “Hobble straps are an alternative to other means of force, such as pepper spray or taser d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57631398@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:19:03 MDT Sunstein: Regulators should take job loss into account http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57630762-82/regulations-jobs-job-employment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57630762-82/regulations-jobs-job-employment.html.csp">Sunstein: Regulators should take job loss into account</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cass R. Sunstein</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T10:37:02.396-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 10:37AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The term “job-killing regulations” has been used so often that in some circles it seems to have become a single word. Many Republicans believe that regulations are job-killing by definition. Their view appears to fit with common sense. Suppose the Environmental Protection Agency imposes significant new burdens on businesses. The cost of production will increase, eventually raising prices for consumers and thus decreasing demand. As a result, employment should decline. Businesses will let workers...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57630762@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:37:02 MDT Obesity rate drops for young kids http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57599162-68/obesity-obese-percent-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57599162-68/obesity-obese-percent-federal.html.csp">Obesity rate drops for young kids</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-25T20:52:02.66-06:00">Updated Feb 25, 2014 08:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a stunning 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. The drop emerged from a major federal health survey that experts say is the gold standard for evidence on what Americans weigh. The trend came as a welcome surprise to researchers. New evidence has shown th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57599162@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:52:02 MDT Bloomberg View: Justice demands an end to capital punishment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57591438-82/death-penalty-punishment-capital.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57591438-82/death-penalty-punishment-capital.html.csp">Bloomberg View: Justice demands an end to capital punishment</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">From Bloomberg view</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T11:05:01.84-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 11:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A grisly new consideration may start a necessary debate over capital punishment in the United States, which is unique among advanced nations in its use of the death penalty. The distinction isn’t one to be proud of and should be brought to an end. Since the 1980s, the use of lethal injection has made executions seem a little more clinical and a little less barbaric. But recently pharmaceutical companies have refused to supply some of the fatal drugs, and some executions have raised doubts that t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57591438@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:05:01 MDT Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57588064-68/rape-kits-memphis-untested.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57588064-68/rape-kits-memphis-untested.html.csp">Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-23T16:33:05.156-06:00">Updated Feb 23, 2014 04:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nashville, Tenn. • With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades. In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s, according to the New York-based Rape Kit Action Project, which has been tracking the backlogs nationwide. In the entire state of Texas, there are about 16,000 untested kits collectin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575880642014-02-23T16:33:05.156-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-23T16:33:05.156-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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