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Maryland lawmakers call for uniform police standards on rape kits

Maryland lawmakers call for uniform police standards on rape kits

State lawmakers are calling for new standards in the way police departments maintain evidence in sexual assault cases, saying authorities need to assure victims that evidence will not be destroyed.

Some legislators said they were outraged by the findings of a recent Baltimore Sun investigation on how sexual-assault cases are handled by police in Maryland. The investigation found that evidence has been destroyed in hundreds of cases and that policies vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

The article featured a woman, Catherine Becket, who after waiting three years decided to pursue charges against a man who she says sexually assaulted her. Becket said she was moved...

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