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In Track Evidence Photography Placement is Everything

October 23, 2014 | Articles | Comments

To position a camera for impression evidence photography, place it on a tripod, position the focal plane parallel to the impression, and ensure the camera is at a sufficient distance from the impression to avoid using a wide angle. Wide angle views can create distortion around the edges of the photograph.

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Synthetic Marijuana Use Growing Problem in Russia

October 24, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

According to Russian authorities, in recent weeks the spice epidemic has taken 25 lives and led to 700 people seeking medical attention. Hardly a day goes by without a fresh horror story of adolescents dying from the drug. 


Unsolved Murders Taken as Sign that Minority Victims Don't Matter

October 24, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

At 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 12, Maggie Rosales, a student at Walt Whitman High School, was found dead on Lynch Street in this working-class enclave, fatally stabbed. Ten days later, the Rosales case still unsolved, protesters marched on Town Hall. They waved homemade placards, wept and invoked the memory of those killed, shot and stabbed in recent years. 


HAZMAT Best Practices Playbook

October 24, 2014 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alluviam’s HazMasterG3 Version 18 delivers exclusive HazMAT Quick Start best-practices playbook to responders, is endorsed by HazMatIQ, and has been adopted for use in their HMEIQ training program for military and civilian hazardous materials response and EOD teams. 


Making Decisions When Using Trace Evidence

October 24, 2014 8:42 am | News | Comments

Using trace evidence, such as stains, fibers, and particles, to solve crimes goes beyond finding the evidence at the crime scene. How the evidence is transferred onto another material, what evidence appears to be missing, and how conclusions are made based on the evidence are all questions that need to be answered during trace evidence analysis.  

Scores of pending criminal cases and past convictions could be in jeopardy

Backlogs Plague VA State Labs

October 24, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has four laboratories and a plethora of staff and equipment to analyze minute properties in evidence, from strands of DNA to the chemical makeup of methamphetamine. The challenge, though, is finding the time to examine the ever-growing mountain of evidence that comes in every year.

DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

TrueAllele Casework Ruled Admissible in Ohio Daubert Challenge

October 23, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

An Ohio judge ruled that TrueAllele® Casework is reliable under the Daubert admissibility standard. Judge Maureen Clancy also denied discovery of TrueAllele source code. The defendant Maurice Shaw accepted a guilty plea shortly after the Cleveland ruling.

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

Live Two-Day Seminar on Cold Case Investigations

October 23, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will be hosting a two-day online seminar on The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Case Investigations on October 30-31 in order to answer critical questions about cold cases and what it takes to resolve them.


UW-Platteville ‘Goes Hollywood’ with Recreated Crime Scene

October 23, 2014 9:38 am | by Shelby Le Duc and Dan Wackershauser | News | Comments

The fourth annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event took place during Homecoming activities in early October at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The recreated crime scene was organized by the Criminal Justice Association at UW-Platteville and was constructed at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House.


Report Suggests Improvements for Trafficking Investigations

October 22, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

A new NIJ-funded study by the Urban Institute and Northeastern University explored patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., finding that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants.

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

DNA Evidence Fails to Incriminate Toha

October 22, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors have finished presenting evidence against Munawar Toha, wrapping up their case against the 67-year-old on Tuesday afternoon. A prosecution witness said a key piece of DNA evidence failed to incriminate Toha as the man who dumped his wife’s body in a lake.

An expert in crime scene investigations told a jury that evidence in the slaying of a young Stow woman showed that a “blood-shedding event” occurred inside the bedroom of defendant Roxanne Buck, and an attempt was made to clean it up.

New Forensic Evidence in Ferguson Shooting Case

October 22, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Tensions are rising once again in Ferguson, Missouri as new details emerged about the Michael Brown police shooting. CNN reports new forensic evidence shows Michael Brown's blood was found on Ofc. Darren Wilson's gun, uniform, and inside the interior door panel of the officer's car.


Syringe Drive for Precise Liquid Handling

October 22, 2014 9:55 am | Hamilton Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Hamilton PSD/6 is the newest full-height syringe pump to join the Hamilton PSD family, and performs all standard liquid handling functions including dispensing, serial dispensing, and diluting.


Breaking Good

October 21, 2014 7:30 pm | by Jenny Button | Chiron AS | Articles | Comments

In recent years we have seen the drug market flooded with new psychoactive substances, often misleadingly termed “legal highs.” The emergence of new compounds is growing year on year, leaving many working in this area floundering under the ingenuity of the market, and the speed at which it reacts.  


The CSI Effect

October 21, 2014 6:04 am | News | Comments

The “CSI Effect” — it’s a real thing. It describes the effect CSI and other crime investigation shows have had on public awareness of forensic science. As the popularity of these shows rise, schools have seen an increase in the demand for undergraduate courses and graduate programs in forensic science.

To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

DNA Collection Shortfall

October 21, 2014 5:21 am | News | Comments

Law officers are asking the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation how to best collect genetic material from people convicted of certain misdemeanors and enter the information into a national database.



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