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Lawyer for Kane’s accuser claims rape-kit tampering

Who would have the “incentive” to tamper with a rape kit?

That’s what the lawyer representing the woman who has accused Blackhawks star Patrick Kane of sexual assault is demanding an answer to.

“Something seriously has gone amiss,” attorney Thomas Eoannou said during a stunning press conference today in Buffalo.

“Yesterday, the rape-kit evidence bag was anonymously delivered to the home of my client’s mother. We know this to be the evidence bag that once contained the rape-kit evidence. We know this. It contains my client’s birth date. It contains the location where the rape kit was done. And it confirms the nurse’s initials who performed the rape kit. It is authentic.”

Eoannou continued, “As you can see from the pictures, this evidence bag has been ripped open. The purpose of an evidence bag is to protect the items of evidence from tampering. The bag itself is even critical evidence to the chain of custody. It never leaves law enforcement or the district attorney’s office.

“In my thirty years plus of being both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have never seen an evidence bag outside of a police lab, a prosecutor’s office or a courtroom, let alone find one in the doorway of a rape victim’s mother’s home.

“On behalf of my client, I will be requesting an independent law-force investigation by a separate law-force agency into how this breach could’ve possibly happened.”

Eoannou said that the bag was discovered “between the storm door and the door” of his client’s mother’s house, and that it had been “folded up in a number of small squares.”

Eoannou said that there was “absolutely nothing” in the bag.

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