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Access Denied: Source Code for DNA Software Remains Protected in Pa. Murder Trial

February 5, 2016 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A Pennsylvania judge ruled that the maker of a DNA-mixture interpretation software does not have to reveal the source code of the program as part of a murder trial.

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Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn't Accurate or Reliable

February 8, 2016 12:51 pm | by Peter O'Dowd, Here and Now | News | Comments

Peter Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, explains the problems with certain types of forensic evidence.

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What's Behind the Massive Review of DNA Evidence in Texas

February 8, 2016 12:43 pm | by Alain Stephens, KUT | News | Comments

Texas leads the nation when it comes to exonerating wrongfully convicted people, and the state may be adding to those numbers through closer scrutiny of DNA evidence practices.

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Steps Made Toward Justice

February 5, 2016 1:36 pm | by The Ironton Tribune | News | Comments

In Ohio, more than 9,000 rape kits went untested for DNA matches until Attorney General Mike DeWine launched an initiative in 2011 to bring sexual criminals to justice.

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IRS Outage Due to Cyberattack

February 5, 2016 1:31 pm | by Mike Brown, International Business Times | News | Comments

A House lawmaker publicly suggested that the previous day's IRS systems failure could have been caused by a cyberattack.

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Trooper Testifies Crime Scene Manipulated

February 4, 2016 12:22 pm | by James Halpin, Standard Speaker | News | Comments

​A state police forensics expert took the stand in Jessica Alinsky’s murder trial Wednesday morning and testified the level of manipulation he saw at the crime scene was “unlike anything I’ve seen before or since.”

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Cybersecurity Experts Urge Automakers to Take Steps to Stop Hackers

February 4, 2016 12:18 pm | by John Irwin, Automotive News | News | Comments

As vehicles become increasingly more connected to smartphones, infrastructure and other vehicles, it will become vital for all parties to collaborate and become informed on the risks associated with connectivity.

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After Exhumation, Strange Bacteria a Clue in Mysterious Death of Pablo Neruda

February 4, 2016 12:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda was exhumed in 2013, and forensic tests identified strange bacteria in the bones. New DNA results might now shed light into his mysterious death.

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Judge Pleads Guilty to Ordering Defendant Shocked with 50,000 Volts

February 3, 2016 12:15 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

According to court documents: The deputy sheriff then activated the stun-cuff, which administered an electric shock to Victim I for approximately five seconds. 

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2015 Exonerations Set Record

February 3, 2016 11:39 am | by Brandi Grissom, Dallas News | News | Comments

A record-setting 149 men and women were exonerated last year after spending an average of 141/2 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, according to a report to be released Wednesday.

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No Downside to Submitting All Rape Kits for Testing

February 2, 2016 12:52 pm | by Appeal Democrat | News | Comments

After all the victims endure, investigators sometimes decide not to submit the kits for testing. It's not that the decision is capricious — officials, when asked, had logical reasons.

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Dutch Police Eagles Take Out Rogue Drones

February 2, 2016 12:43 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Eagles have been used to hunt small game for more than a thousand years. Now, a Dutch team is considering hunting 21st-century prey: the rogue drone.

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Forensic Analysis of Automotive Paint Using Dark-Field Microscopy

February 2, 2016 12:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Car paint fragments bring a serious challenge to forensic experts, considering how they vary by make and model, and even how they age and weather over time.

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Corrupt Silk Road Agent Arrested—Again

February 2, 2016 11:44 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

Shaun Bridges, a Secret Service agent who pled guilty to stealing from the Silk Road website while he was supposed to be investigating it, has been arrested again.

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1 in a Million? Wrongful Conviction Experts Study DNA Odds

February 1, 2016 12:54 pm | by SF Chronicle | News | Comments

A flawed way of calculating the odds that a defendant left DNA at a crime scene is the next target of prosecutors and criminal justice advocates working together in Texas to weed out wrongful convictions.

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3-D Laser Scanner Brings Crime Scene to Life

February 1, 2016 12:33 pm | by Karen Rivedal, La Cross Tribune | News | Comments

A lidar scanner uses a combination of lasers and a camera to create detailed, three-dimensional models of entire physical environments.

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