A routine background feature on a federal crimefighting bill--the so-called Debbie Smith Act after a woman whose rapist went unidentified for six years because of delays in forensic analysis of DNA--had that extra something for CBS because it could function as crosspromotion for its primetime CSI entertainment series. "DNA is not a magic bullet as it is portrayed on television," Bob Orr asserted, accomplishing the tie-in even as he disavowed it. Absent federal funding, forensic crime labs have a backlog of 300,000 untested evidence samples, Orr explained. The FBI is "now working overtime to clear its own two year inventory" by switching to automated technology. Hand analysis by technicians worked through 400 samples each month; now in the same timeframe the feds' new robots will process 30,000.
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