Twenty Five Years Later, Frustration Over Pursuing a Woman's Alleged Attacker
|Dallas Police Sgt. Patrick Welsh on Good Morning America today|
But the man can't be prosecuted, as the statute of limitation has run out. And that, says DPD Lt. Sally Lannom in the GMA follow-up, is "unfair," especially in the age of DNA testing. Texas has, in fact, dropped the five-year statute of limitations because of the availability and accuracy of DNA evidence; 14 other states have not. But the change in the law does not apply to this woman's case. "If DNA is good to exonerate someone and that's good for a lifetime, and rightfully so if you have been wrongfully convicted," says Lannom, who supervises sex assaults cases, "why shouldn't DNA be used on the other side, the flip side, to be able to hold people accountable for their criminal action?"