The legislation, House Bill 282, will preserve DNA evidence of rapes and similar crimes for up to 50 years. Current state law allows evidence of sexual assaults to be discarded after 10 years. “Georgia now has one of the strongest preservation laws in the country, and DNA evidence will help solve cold cases,” said state Rep. Scott Holcomb, a Democrat from Atlanta who sponsored the bill.
The bill would require DNA testing once a woman is six weeks and one day pregnant to establish paternity and require the father to begin paying child support. It would also require men to get permission from their partner before receiving a prescription for erectile dysfunction medicine and wait 24 hours before purchasing pornography or sex toys in Georgia.
Reporter Chloe Melas “has already received a threat from one Los Angeles publicist who wrote, ‘I’m alerting all PR people to never allow their male clients to interview with you.’ On top of that Ms. Melas and members of her family have received death threats that are striking for their graphic nature and vulgarity,” reads the letter from David Vigilante, CNN’s senior vice president/legal.
Norwood finished the training at the top of her class. But some of the other students from around the state earning sniper certification were a bit leery of her at first, she said. “They really didn’t talk to me at all up until the middle of the week, maybe Thursday or Friday,” she said. “Once they realized I can actually shoot, they realized I was their competition. If they didn’t finish the challenge and I did, they were kinda bitter about that.” But Norwood didn’t let it deter her. “As women, we get challenged every day,” she said. “We’re used to having to prove ourselves and be challenged.”