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“Our original plan was to contact people, but so many people contacted us that we wound up with very large caseloads without having to reach out to those 1,700 people,” Chaplinski said.
Chaplinski’s office plans to keep filing more challenges while keeping an eye on a few of the rejected efforts, which have gone to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said his office voluntarily had evidence retested in two cases where defendants were convicted at trial, but is taking a hard stance on convictions from guilty pleas. The second tests confirmed police tests.
“We worked hard to resolve these issues as quickly as we can, and I feel we’ve done a good job of that,” Backstrom said.
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