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Patrick Evans' murder retrial came to a halt last year after the state's highest court ruled that only unanimous juries can sentence defendants to death and that the current law requiring a 10-2 jury vote for the death penalty can't be applied to pending...
by Laura Morel, Tampa Bay Times
2.22.2017
11:18am
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California Department of Justice officials on Tuesday testified that an analysis of DNA evidence and a shoe print failed to link Carlos Ivan Flores to the scene of a 2015 deadly home-invasion robbery in west Modesto.
by Brian Clark, The Modesto Bee
2.22.2017
11:12am
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Hiring more black police officers is not a viable strategy for reducing police-involved homicides of black citizens in most cities, according to new research that is the first in-depth study of this increasingly urgent public policy question.
by Indiana University
2.22.2017
11:04am
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There are no images of Assad's brutal Saydnaya prison, so a group of architects relied on prisoners' sound memories to create a 3-D model. Amnesty International released a report that claimed as many as 13,000 people were hanged in Saydnaya over the past...
by Meg Miller, Fast Company
2.22.2017
10:07am
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A gang member suspected of shooting two California police officers, killing one of them, was released from prison last year on probation under a criminal justice reform initiative that had no impact on how long he spent behind bars, a prison official...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
2.22.2017
8:55am
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The San Diego Police Department is keeping its own database of local juveniles’ DNA, separate from repositories at the state and federal level. An ACLU lawsuit contends that the samples from the minors, though voluntarily given, are unconstitutionally...
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2.21.2017
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Researchers have reconstructed the face of a Pictish man they showed to have been brutally murdered 1,400 years ago. Archaeologists excavating a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, found the man's skeleton buried in a recess of the cave.
by University of Dundee
2.21.2017
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Police are reviewing nearly 500 criminal cases after a forensic lab used by forces across the U.K. discovered "data manipulation" at their Manchester site. Two men aged 47 and 31, who had worked for Randox Testing Services for three years, have been...
by Bethany Minelle, Sky News
2.21.2017
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Jessica Lauren seeks justice for her father, who at 35 was shot and stabbed to death in June 1983 in his South Florida home. In a newly unearthed 2004 police interview video, a man named George Williams describes his role as an accomplice in the crime.
by Ken Little, The Greeneville Sun
2.21.2017
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Experts routinely tasked with finding answers in poisoning cases say the events of Kim Jong Nam's apparent assassination are bizarre, but not impossible. They wonder: What substance could have been used to kill the victim so quickly without sickening the...
by Margie Mason, Associated Press Medical Writer
2.21.2017
9:08am
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While the answer to the question “Why can’t we all just get along?” may seem complicated, the Honorable Donald Shelton appeared to sum it up in one simple phrase last week during his jurisprudence session at the 69th Annual American Academy of Forensic...
2.19.2017
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A National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reconstruction of the face of an unidentified teen, who committed suicide in the woods of western North Carolina, produced a breakthrough to identify the boy more than 33 years after he died.
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2.17.2017
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A white supremacist who said he planned to execute a Dylann Roof-inspired attack was arrested Wednesday night after illegally purchasing a firearm from an undercover FBI agent. McDowell expressed hatred toward non-whites and frustration that other white...
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2.17.2017
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The 2017 AAFS annual meeting, held in New Orleans, is set to wrap up tomorrow after a weeklong examination of the application of science to the law. The overall theme of the event is “Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science.” To...
2.17.2017
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A former church choir boy dying of motor neurone disease was able to give evidence in court against his childhood abuser, who was found guilty Wednesday, using eye-tracking technology in what is believed to be the first time in British legal history.
by Caroline Mortimer, The Independent
2.17.2017
10:16am
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After days of media speculation, the lifeless body of a penguin, stolen from an animal park, was found in a car park. The Humboldt penguin case is the latest in a string of animals thefts from zoos across Germany.
by Deutsche Welle
2.17.2017
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A close friend who for years didn't want to believe Robert Durst was capable of homicide dropped a bombshell Thursday implicating the real estate heir in two killings. Nathan "Nick" Chavin testified that their mutual friend, Susan Berman, told him that...
by Brian Melley, Associated Press
2.17.2017
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The search for flight MH370, still missing for nearly three years, was called off last month by investigators from multiple countries. Now, the forensic mathematics which helped guide the unsuccessful underwater search have been published publicly.
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2.16.2017
12:39pm
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Cybersecurity researchers have developed a new form of ransomware that was able to take over control of a simulated water treatment plant. They designed the simulation to highlight vulnerabilities in the control systems used to operate some facilities.
by Georgia Institute of Technology
2.16.2017
10:50am
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A 17-year-old girl who disappeared from her home for a month and the father of the child of another teen who also disappeared for a month are among the 10 people suspected in connection to the death of a 15-year-old girl, Fairfax County Police said.
by David Culver, NBC4
2.16.2017
10:29am
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The Cockrell Hill Police Department reported last month that a server containing documents, videos and photos dating back to 2009 was hit by "OSIRIS," a ransomware variant, on Dec. 12. The attackers wanted roughly $4,000 worth of bitcoin to unlock the...
by AJ Vicens, Mother Jones
2.16.2017
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Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people. The Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from...
by Kevin Freking, Associated Press
2.16.2017
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Emails stored on servers beyond U.S. borders are still subject to searches domestically, according to a recent court decision. The federal magistrate sided with the FBI against Google, who had only partially complied with two search warrants in an...
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2.15.2017
12:27pm
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Tuesday’s testimony in the trial of New York man Robert Henry, who is accused of murdering Glen Falls resident Kevin Jenks, focused on handling of evidence by local police and state police, and the lack of forensic evidence tying anyone to Jenks’ death.
by Don Lehman, The Post Star
2.15.2017
11:52am
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Keith Harward, who was sent behind bars for rape and murder largely on the erroneous testimony of two forensic odontologists, lashed out against the field of forensic dentistry Monday, at the 69th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic...
by Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch via The Roanoke Times
2.15.2017
11:35am
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Fingerprint analysis, which has been used in criminal investigations for over a century, may not be as infallible as believed by law enforcement, court officials and the media, according to statistics expert Joseph “Jay” Kadane.
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2.15.2017
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A new convention created with the hopes of capitalizing on the popularity of true crime entertainment like Netflix's "Making a Murderer" and the podcast "Serial" has chosen Indianapolis for its first year. CrimeCon, scheduled for June 9-11, will feature...
by Amy Bartner, Indy Star
2.15.2017
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A 56-year-old former convenience store clerk was convicted Tuesday of killing Etan Patz, the 6-year-old New York City boy who disappeared from his Soho neighborhood nearly 38 years ago and became one of the most visible symbols for missing children.
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2.14.2017
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New twin-splitting technology is being put to the test for the first time ever in a Boston courtroom this week, and Suffolk prosecutors hope the new-age science can finally help solve a pair of rapes that occurred nearly 15 years ago.
by Bob McGovern, Boston Herald
2.14.2017
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Jerry Sandusky's adult son is in a Pennsylvania jail, awaiting a hearing next week on charges he pressured one teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex. Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, faces 14 counts, including...
by Mark Scolforo and Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
2.14.2017
9:15am
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A top forensics expert is to exhume remains at the Wardlaw Mausoleum at Kirkhill near Inverness to determine whether they belong to 11th Lord Lovat, chief of Clan Fraser, who was beheaded at the Tower of London in 1747.
by Alison Campsie, The Scotsman
2.14.2017
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One of the nation's best-known forensic pathologists helped determine that Holding Center inmate Richard A. Metcalf Jr. was suffocated by jail deputies and did not die of a heart attack as the Erie County medical examiner found in 2012.
by Matthew Spina, The Buffalo News
2.14.2017
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Retiring Captain Roxane Gruenheid of the Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California recalls her role in bringing "chameleon" killer Lawrence Vanner to justice. Vanner, who has had several aliases, was put away by her department for the 2002 murder of...
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2.13.2017
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The new administration of President Donald Trump should focus the pledge to “restore safety in America” on key, proven policies to focus law enforcement’s efforts, said a key group of police chiefs and prosecutors.
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2.13.2017
12:36pm
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A recent study finds no links between immigration and increased crime. Immigration appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes, according to the findings. Previous research has shown that, overall, foreign-born individuals are less likely...
by University at Buffalo
2.13.2017
10:33am
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A Canadian man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom. Will Baker killed Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was a complete stranger to him, in 2008.
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2.13.2017
10:21am
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Jeb, a much-loved service dog for an elderly man, was locked up in animal control and sentenced to die for killing a neighbor's dog. That's when Jeb's owners asked to have testing done to see whether Jeb's DNA matched the DNA in the other dog's wound.
by Elizabeth Cohen, CNN
2.13.2017
9:58am
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A committee uncovering the fate of hundreds of missing Greek and Turkish Cypriots said Saturday it's examining whether past DNA tests on unearthed remains were incorrect, resulting in individuals being misidentified.
by Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press
2.13.2017
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During 2003–2012, Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) programs in 41 states reported 145,811 persons with blood lead levels (BLLs) greater than or equal to 10 µg/dL. Cases of retained bullet fragments accounted for 457 (0.3 percent) of...
by Debora Weiss, Carrie Tomasallo, Jon Meiman, et al., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2.13.2017
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A woman whose ex-boyfriend is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Friday to helping dispose of the girl's body in a plea deal that's expected to lead to her release from jail less than two years after the girl's remains washed up on...
by Associated Press
2.10.2017
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