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The Sheriff's Department acknowledges that DNA evidence in thousands of sexual assault cases sits in a freezer without being tested. Nobody knows how many cases have gone unsolved, how many rapists have gone free or how many innocent people have been convicted.  Maybe the evidence wasn't needed at all.  We talk with Sheriff Lee Baca and others. Also, angry opponents of Prop 8 promise they won't go away until the right to same-sex marriage is restored in California.  We hear what's happening more than a week after election day.

 

Producers:
Gary Scott
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Sheriff’s Department Has Backlog of Untested Rape Kits 16 MIN, 36 SEC

In recent weeks, LAPD Chief William Bratton conceded that DNA evidence in 7,000 rape cases was stored in freezers without being examined. Additional staff will be hired and private labs will be paid to clear up the backlog. Now it turns out that the Sheriff's Department of LA County has stored untested DNA from 5,635 cases. Nobody knows how many cases have gone unsolved, how many rapists have gone free or how many innocent people have been convicted.  Maybe the evidence wasn't needed at all.  We talk with Sheriff Lee Baca and others. 

Guests:
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)
Lee Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Sarah Tofte, Researcher with the US Program, Human Rights Watch

Reporter's Notebook Anger, Organizing Follow Proposition 8 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Since Proposition 8 repealed the right to same-sex marriage, angry opponents have shunned supporters, boycotted businesses and stopped traffic with street demonstrations. Protestors promise they won't go away until the right to same-sex marriage is restored in California. John Wildermuth of the San Francisco Chronicle has an update on what's happening more than a week after Election Day.

Guests:
John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle (@jfwildermuth)

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