Going Extra Mile To Convict Rapists

Earlier this year, we urged West Virginia legislators to approve a bill intended to improve how health care professionals handle evidence gathered in rape cases. Doing so could mean substantially more convictions.

But during lawmakers’ 60-day regular session, the measure somehow got derailed. It did not pass.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and legislators decided it was important enough to be included in a brief special session last week. The bill has been approved.

Good for Tomblin and lawmakers! The measure may deter some potential rapists, sparing at least some West Virginians from the horror of one of the most brutal of crimes.