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Sex assault conviction tossed over statute of limitations

A New Jersey man’s sexual assault conviction has been overturned because of DNA evidence - not because it exonerated him, but because the statute of limitations ran out before the state filed charges once it got a match.

Associated Press

Jun 3, 2022, 10:31 AM

Updated 750 days ago

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A New Jersey man’s sexual assault conviction has been overturned because of DNA evidence - not because it exonerated him, but because the statute of limitations ran out before the state filed charges once it got a match.
Investigators had DNA from the crime scene and from defendant Bradley Thompson in 2004 but didn't get a conclusive match until 2016, due to the FBI's updating of DNA testing guidance.
In a ruling Thursday, the state Supreme Court held that the five-year statute of limitations should have begun to run in 2010, when the FBI standards changed and the state lab could have generated a match.
By DAVID PORTER, the Associated Press.


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