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State attorney general says DNA backlog is history


MADISON (AP) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he has eliminated a backlog in DNA evidence waiting to be tested at Wisconsin's crime laboratories.

Van Hollen said in a letter to lawmakers Wednesday the backlog that stood at 1,785 cases waiting for forensic analysis when he took office in 2007 has been wiped out.

He says cases are now assigned to analysts within days of coming in and completed within 60 days barring any unusual circumstances, helping law enforcement make arrests and get convictions.

The attorney general says hiring 31 more employees, adding more lab space, and using robotic technology were all part of the strategy to end the backlog.

Van Hollen, a Republican, promised to end the backlog during his 2006 campaign for attorney general. He is running for re-election this year.

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