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Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.

Talk Forensics - Expert Witness Testimony

July 28, 2014 | Videos | Comments

Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.                             

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New DNA Crime Fighting Tool in DC

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Paul Wagner, FOX 5 | News | Comments

The District of Columbia is about to become the first city in the nation to use a revolutionary new crime fighting tool. It is a lab device that can analyze DNA in just over an hour and gives investigators the answers they need in just a fraction of the time it takes now.

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The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency uncased its colors for the first time recently, symbolically marking its arrival in the Office of the Provost Marshal General.

Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency Uncases Colors for First Time

July 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by Matt McLaughlin, U.S.Army | News | Comments

The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency uncased its colors for the first time recently, symbolically marking its arrival in the Office of the Provost Marshal General.                       

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Maggots on Victim's Clothing Not from Deer, ME Says

July 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Gus Burns, MLive | News | Comments

Days after Timothy Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights on November 2, a crime scene evidence technician said he had to rid her clothes, then in a police evidence room, of maggots.          

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A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and b

Australia, Netherlands Ready to Secure Crash Site

July 25, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jona Kallgren and Lucian Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and bring the last of the victims home.

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Controlled substances are chemicals that have a legally recognized potential for abuse. They include “street drugs” such as heroin or ecstasy and prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Detecting and identifying controlled substances is a critical step in l

Trouble with Controled Substances

July 25, 2014 9:06 am | Articles | Comments

Controlled substances are chemicals that have a legally recognized potential for abuse. They include “street drugs” such as heroin or ecstasy and prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Detecting and identifying controlled substances is a critical step in law enforcement's fight against drug-related crime and violence.

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 A   type of Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), microTLC™ allows the well-  established laboratory technique of TLC to be taken to the field in multiple   ap-plications - narcotics and explosives identification, counterfeit pharmaceutical identification,

Thin Layer Chromatography

July 25, 2014 8:12 am | Field Forensics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A type of Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), microTLC™ allows the well-established laboratory technique of TLC to be taken to the field in multiple applications - narcotics and explosives identification, counterfeit pharmaceutical identification, chemical purity analysis and analysis of environmental pollutants. 

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Thermo Fisher Signs Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement with NewLab for Forensic Sample Processing Technology

July 24, 2014 2:50 pm | Thermo Scientific | News | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific has signed an agreement with NewLab Engineering, a subsidiary of COPAN Italia, for the exclusive global rights to distribute Card Processing Automation (CPA) technology, which is designed to prepare DNA samples for human identification in forensic, paternity and research laboratories. 

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James Holmes' Lawyers Question Firearms Analysis

July 24, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case attacked the reliability of firearms analysis Wednesday, saying it is subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy.                   

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The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential stat

How Dental Records Will Help Identify Bodies from MH17

July 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by Ahmad Samarji, The Conversation | News | Comments

The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential state of the bodies and remains, both from the initial explosion and the delay in recovery, but dental records can definitely help.

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Investigators from Rock County, Wisconsin, are one step closer to solving the mystery surrounding the death of an unknown teenager thanks to Smithsonian scientists.

Smithsonian Helps Wisconsin Police Narrow Search in 20-year-old Mystery

July 24, 2014 12:01 pm | by Micaela Jemison, Smithsonian Institution | News | Comments

Investigators from Rock County, Wisconsin, are one step closer to solving the mystery surrounding the death of an unknown teenager thanks to Smithsonian scientists.                         

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Dead Body Feeding Larvae Useful in Forensic Investigations

July 24, 2014 11:43 am | by Pensoft Publishers | News | Comments

Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval. A report of synanthropic derived form of C. megacephala is provided for the first time based on morphological features and molecular characterization through generation of DNA barcoding.

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The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Australia Calls for Thorough Forensic Search of Crash Site

July 23, 2014 1:02 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.   

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Arrest Linked to Gun Used after Boston Bombings

July 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | News | Comments

It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?  

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Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.

Cleveland Clears It's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

July 23, 2014 12:06 pm | by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer | News | Comments

Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.                       

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The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location i

Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault

July 23, 2014 11:43 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

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