Creative prosecutions lead to justice

May 12, 2013 

Got a law enforcement problem? St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly probably has a creative solution. That's been evident in his efforts to fight crime in East St. Louis, domestic violence and public corruption. The latest example involves the prosecution of a yet-to-be identified rapist responsible for assaults in East St. Louis and St. Louis.

The Illinois State Police have the suspect's DNA but as yet no name to attach to it. The statute of limitations clock was ticking. Shockingly, this crime has a 10-year statute of limitations.

Kelly's solution? File charges against the DNA profile. That stops the clock. When the person eventually is matched to the DNA, he will be prosecuted no matter how many years it takes.

Kelly said his ideas aren't original. Well, they are new to our area and are helping to advance justice.

We're grateful to Kelly for his proactive leadership.

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