Call it due process, but evidence from alleged
rapes must be processed. Or so says the Justice Department, according to the
Loveland Reporter-Herald. But, based on an investigation in Colorado (and
it’s easy to imagine this happening in other states, like Maryland),
this wasn’t happening.
How fair is that, you ask? It’s not very fair. The police in Denver
apparently did not process a whopping 44 percent of the rape kits that
came through the doors since 2008. That number jumps up significantly
– 72 percent – in Fort Collins.
So, essentially, what we’re talking about here is an alleged rapist
being accused of a very serious crime without the tangible, hard, scientific
evidence to back up the charge.
This is what’s called a lack of due process, in which the police
and prosecutors must respect the rights of the accused. Bringing all the
possible evidence forward in a rape case – like evidence that could
end up showing someone else perpetrated the crime – is something
that all of us should agree with.