Monday, June 25, 2012

Sealed "Rape Kit" Reopened By Nurse. Evidence Inadmissible? #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare #crime

Sealed "Rape Kit" Reopened By Nurse. Evidence Inadmissible? #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare #crime:"Documentation of observations and findings are basic to nursing practice. Our practice is governed by standards of practice and "protocols" to be followed. In this case, a nurse admitting a rape victim collected and placed in a "rape kit" DNA samples, evidence to be submitted for laboratory analysis. The evidence submission protocol would inadvertently be broken by the nurse. The defense for the rapist would argue this breach made the evidence inadmissible."
State v. Southern, 980 P.2d 3 - MT (1999)

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