Schimel delays, blunders and police neglect responsible for state’s untimely response to rape kits

A USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin investigation reveals that police, prosecutors and the state Attorney General Brad Schimel are to blame for a massive backlog of sexual assault evidence going untested for years. > Appleton Post Crescent

Schimel: DOJ has sent all untested rape kits to labs

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice has mailed the last of thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits to private laboratories for analysis, Attorney General Brad Schimel said Tuesday as he seeks to blunt criticism that he’s been moving too slowly on testing. > AP News

Flynn campaign: Attacks on his work with Archdiocese are a ‘smear campaign’

Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn’s campaign manager said Monday the candidate is the subject of a “smear campaign” as he faces calls from Wisconsin women’s groups to drop out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary. At issue is Flynn’s representation of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against victims of sexual abuse by priests. > Cap Times

Flynn to critics of his role defending Archdiocese of Milwaukee: ‘Jump in the lake’

Former Democratic Party chairman Matt Flynn became the first candidate for governor to file his nominating papers Wednesday while fending off calls that he drop out because of his previous role representing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against priest sex abuse lawsuits. > Wisconsin State Journal

Sex abuse victims ‘appalled’ that archdiocese ‘fixer’ Matt Flynn is running for governor

While an attorney for Quarles and Brady, Matt Flynn became the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s lead defender in the sex-abuse case with the nation’s fourth-largest number of alleged victims. As a result, claims against his conduct in that case would likely fuel numerous GOP attacks if he earns the Democratic nomination. > Wisconsin Gazette

After news spotlight, Walker favors ‘strengthening’ law requiring rape kits be tested

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Gov. Scott Walker, in response to a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin investigative report, said Thursday that he supports “strengthening” a law requiring police to send rape kits to state crime labs for testing. > Appleton Post Crescent

Untested rape kits: Hundreds in Wisconsin remain despite mandate

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In 2011, Wisconsin lawmakers passed a law that ordered police to swiftly submit rape kits for DNA tests if the evidence could help identify a suspect. But a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin investigation has found that for years after that law took effect, police agencies all over the state shelved hundreds of untested kits.