With the increased focus on forensic evidence, does today’s prosecutor have to contend with a different set of juror expectations?
Myth: Advanced DNA analysis automatically identifies an individual within minutes.
Fact: DNA analysis takes several hours to complete for even simple cases; however, due to manpower shortages at crime labs nationwide, DNA test results typically take 30 days or more to process [M.R. Durose. 2008. Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2005 U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics]. In addition, the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) stores no personal data with its 7.5 million DNA records. To confirm identity, analysts search other databases containing information about convicted offenders, unsolved crimes and missing persons at the local, state and national levels.
More information on CODIS can be found here »
22% of jurors expect DNA evidence to be presented in every criminal case. 
Chief of the Criminal Division for the United
States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida Biography »
At present, Robert O’Neill is the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa, Florida. Previous positions held by Mr. O’Neill were United States Attorney; First Assistant United States Attorney; Chief, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office; Chief, Special Prosecutions Section; Assistant U.S. Attorney, MDFL (1993–Present); Deputy Chief in Charge of Litigation, Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section (NDDS), United States Department of Justice (1998–99); Associate Independent Counsel for Smaltz in San Francisco, CA (1997); Associate Independent Counsel for Adams, Washington, DC (1992–1993); Trial Attorney, private practice, New York (1990–1992); Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida, Miami (1986–1990); and Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York (1982–1986). He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University, Bronx, New York with a B.A. in Political Science in 1979 and was awarded his J.D. (Cum Laude) from New York Law School in 1982.