Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hennepin County Gets Grant to Hire Paralegal

Minnesota's Hennepin County is getting a $500,000 federal grant to solve cold cases. The Department of Justice grant will be used to hire a cold case team that includes a paralegal, as well as a full-time detective, a forensic scientist, a prosecutor, and the use of the county sheriff's crime lab, which is one of three DNA testing labs in the state.

The staff will test DNA samples from homicide and rape cases dating as far back as 1991. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that, while the DNA evidence from these cases is well-preserved, the county has been lacking the means to analyze the DNA. This grant, and the help of a paralegal on the team, will help clear the cold case backlog.


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