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The murder of 'Baby Girl April,' an unidentified infant found suffocated in a plastic bag on the bank of the Mississippi River in 1992, remains unsolved after 25 years. Police have worked to identify the mother of the baby, but with no success.
by Tara Becker, Quad-City Times
3.28.2017
1:32pm
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The Innocence Network held its 2017 annual conference this weekend in San Diego, California, with over 40 sessions and workshops held between March 24-25 and a keynote speech from Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to former President Barack Obama.
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3.28.2017
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Legislators from both parties say they will try to re-institute the death penalty in Delaware this year with a measure expected to be introduced next week. The state Supreme Court last year ruled the capital punishment law unconstitutional.
by Matthew Albright, The News Journal
3.28.2017
10:04am
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Three East Cleveland cops are in prison after they were caught framing drug suspects. Cases against 22 alleged drug dealers have been dismissed. Authorities are searching for another 21 people who are eligible to have their convictions tossed.
by Jon Schuppe
3.28.2017
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Some countries allow searching of entire DNA information which allows police to look for genes coding what a person looks like, and where their ancestors came from. Germany is now considering a measure that would allow wider investigative use of DNA.
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3.27.2017
12:18pm
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Last week, representatives from several government agencies, along with members of industry and society, appeared on a panel before the U.S. House Oversight Committee to explore the privacy issues that abound with the use of facial recognition technology...
3.27.2017
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Black members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department to help police investigate a large number of missing children in Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first...
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3.27.2017
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A child killer dubbed the "Beast of Wombwell" is now a potential suspect in South Yorkshire's oldest unsolved murder case. Peter Pickering killed Shirley Ann Boldy, 14, in 1972 and was recently arrested by detectives investigating the case of Elsie Frost...
by Will Worley, International Business Times
3.27.2017
10:53am
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In the debut of our new cybercrime column, we will be looking at the Michaud case—an interesting example of a part of the web many have never heard of, and how law enforcement entities are dealing with criminals who dwell in the internet’s deepest abyss.
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3.27.2017
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The terrorist who killed four outside the U.K. Parliament and injured dozens with a car and a knife was previously arrested for violent crimes, and went by several different aliases. Khalid Masood, 52, shot dead shortly after his Wednesday attack, is the...
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3.24.2017
12:27pm
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District crime lab officials are reviewing more than 150 firearm examinations for accuracy after the lab discovered errors by three D.C. forensic analysts who wrongly matched bullets or shell casings recovered at crime scenes to individual weapons.
by Spencer S. Hsu and Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post
3.24.2017
11:46am
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Child-welfare officials investigated an Arizona couple accused of murder in their 9-year-old son's shooting death after she gave birth to a child who had been exposed to methadone and heroin. The couple's children were put in foster care for a year.
by Jacques Billeaud and Paul Davenport, Associated Press
3.24.2017
11:13am
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A man who killed his ex-partner 36 years ago has been convicted of her manslaughter after new DNA techniques linked him to chewing gum used to conceal her body. Osmond Bell, 60, was sentenced to 12 years for the killing of Nova Welsh in July 1981.
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3.24.2017
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3.24.2017
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Advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley’s next victim. But recent research says the adoption of AI in law firms will be a slow, task-by-task process.
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
3.24.2017
8:55am
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Latent fingerprints have been the most consistent identifier at crime scenes for a century, pre-dating DNA technology. But fingerprints are not set in stone—and can move small distances weeks after they are left on some surfaces, according to a new study...
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3.23.2017
12:38pm
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A Maryland man has been indicted in Texas on a hate-crime charge after a Twitter message containing a strobing GIF induced a seizure in a Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy. A grand jury described a tweet and GIF in the case as a “deadly weapon.”
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3.23.2017
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Recovering a body from water is often challenging, but by increasingly combining technology with traditional methods such as diving, investigators are getting better at it—greatly boosting their chances of discovering victims of homicide or accidental...
by Alastair Ruffell, Queen's University Belfast
3.23.2017
10:28am
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A U.S. appeals court has rejected a fired police sergeant's stance that forcing him to unlock his encrypted computer files in a child porn investigation would violate his constitutional rights. The former officer has been jailed for 18 months for...
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
3.23.2017
9:26am
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A prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that Rachel Kinsella put her 9-year-old son at “death’s door” by poisoning him for almost a year. Kinsella’s defense lawyer says the mere presence of medication in the boy’s blood does not prove she poisoned him.
by Joel Currier, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
3.23.2017
8:59am
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Changes accumulate in DNA expression over the course of a lifetime. The minute changes may have a forensic application, to determine the age of suspects from blood and saliva samples at crime scenes, according to a new series of experiments.
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3.22.2017
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Virginia's governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four," ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. The governor granted absolute pardons for...
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
3.22.2017
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Philadelphia’s top prosecutor is facing bribery, extortion and wire fraud charges stemming from alleged bribes he accepted from two business owners and fraud committed against a family member and their friends, the U.S. Department of Justice announced...
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3.22.2017
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The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. The jury found Cadden wasn't...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
3.22.2017
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It played out in front of a packed hotel ballroom of some 800 people at last year’s International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Minneapolis: the unexpected reunion between the survivor of a brutal serial rapist and the forensic analyst who...
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3.22.2017
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A 15-year-old Tennessee girl could be in danger, a week after she apparently disappeared with her 50-year-old teacher. An Amber Alert is still in effect for Elizabeth Thomas, a student at Culleoka Unit School, and 50-year-old Tad Cummins, a teacher at...
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3.21.2017
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A pilot program called E-Responder, which de-escalates youths’ virtual vendettas before they turn into real-life violence, will now expand to an additional 18 sites across New York City. Last year, the Crime Commission trained 26 anti-violence...
3.21.2017
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A Los Angeles County judge ruled Monday that four social workers should stand trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were assigned to protect, allowing prosecutors to push ahead with a case that has sent a...
by Melissa Etehad and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
3.21.2017
10:24am
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Google says it will fight a search warrant seeking information about anyone who searched the name of a financial crime victim on the search engine in December and early January. Police in Edina, Minnesota, told the judge they found that a fake photo used...
by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal
3.21.2017
9:22am
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Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek offers advice for attorneys seeking an expert witness in the field of forensic pathology. Some of these questions include: Are they certified? Where were they educated? and Do they already have experience testifying?
by Judy Melinek, M.D.
3.20.2017
4:51pm
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During an update on officer shootings, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed that 60-year-old Raymond Durham is now a prime suspect in the murder of Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose. DNA evidence linked the suspect involved in the shooting of two...
by Breanne Palmerini, WXYZ
3.20.2017
12:05pm
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The FBI is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, FBI Director James Comey told Congress today. Comey also said there is no evidence that former President Barack Obama "tapped" President Donald Trump's phones...
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3.20.2017
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Investigators commonly use body temperature to estimate how long it's been since a person died—which can be essential in solving a murder, for example. However, the relationship between body temperature and time may not always be so straightforward.
by Sarah Fecht, Popular Science
3.20.2017
11:09am
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Two men and a woman will have drug charges against them dropped after a state forensics lab lost evidence needed to prosecute them, officials said Friday. An envelope containing suboxone, a narcotic involved in the case, went missing after being tested.
by Kirsten Fiscus, The Anniston Star
3.20.2017
10:12am
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Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and outlandish that investigators first thought his victims were carrying out a bizarre hoax. The Harvard University-trained lawyer and former Marine was discovered...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
3.20.2017
9:31am
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With virtually everyone having a computer and internet access, each day more individuals, businesses and government entities potentially leave themselves vulnerable to cybercrime. Unless a computer and its network utilize very sophisticated security...
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3.20.2017
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A Texas bill heard by lawmakers this week would establish a program to crowdfund the testing of thousands of backlogged rape kits in the state. With a lack of sufficient state funding to test all of the kits, proponents of the bill hope donations will...
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3.17.2017
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The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences achieved two major milestones this month: opening a massive $75 million facility which was a decade in the making, and receiving continued accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners.
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3.17.2017
12:54pm
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The Stark County coroner in Canton, Ohio had a "cold storage mass casualty trailer" trucked-in last weekend because the morgue was overflowing with bodies, nearly half of them victims of drug overdoses. As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the...
by Corky Siemaszko, NBC News
3.17.2017
11:47am
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A project at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is racing against time to preserve decaying films of Cold War atomic blasts—and they’re finding that the data that was reached from the manual assessment of the footage decades ago was wildly...
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3.17.2017
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