- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. have been invited to speak at a summit in Cleveland, Ohio, next week to discuss the handling of rape kit backlogs.

The summit is Oct. 19 to 21.

Norris, who is also chairman of the national Council of State Governments, sponsored legislation last year that requires law enforcement agencies to inventory their rape kits.

Experts say Memphis has one of the nation’s largest known backlogs of rape kits, at more than 12,000.

Thousands of the backlogged kits have been tested since they were discovered last year, and authorities are working to identify suspects from the evidence and charge them.

Rape victims have filed a lawsuit over the untested kits.

Memphis officials say testing of old sexual assault kits has led to indictments against 26 suspects.

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