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Evidence: Know What to Look For

November 26, 2014 | by Dick Warrington | Articles | Comments

As I've mentioned before, understanding what is possible—not just by you, but by others—is crucial. Prints are a good example. In the past, we couldn’t lift prints from certain surfaces. Now, experts can lift latents from documents, papers, and adhesive tape.

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ME's Memoirs Debunk CSI Myths

November 26, 2014 5:49 am | News | Comments

Dr. Judy Melinek can’t watch “CSI,” “Bones” and the myriad other medical examiner (ME) shows that have exploded on to television, she writes in her new memoir, “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” (Scribner), which she penned, in part, to debunk myths about her profession. 

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A Silicon Valley startup says that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.

DA Fitzpatrick Analyzes Ferguson Forensic Evidence

November 26, 2014 5:42 am | News | Comments

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick offered his analysis today on a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo. police officer in the death of an unarmed man, Michael Brown.

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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

ME in Ferguson Case Didn't Photograph Scene

November 26, 2014 5:00 am | News | Comments

Before the grand jury made the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing African-American teenager Michael Brown, they heard testimony from around 60 witnesses, including Wilson. Of those 60, three were medical examiners; many of the details known about the moments after Brown’s death came from the only examiner that witnessed the crime scene.

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How Should a Lab Safety Audit be Conducted?

November 25, 2014 5:02 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Articles | Comments

This apparently innocent question may be the one you agonize over the most. Personally, we feel there is no substitute for face to face interviews and a physical walk through of each laboratory. The crucial thing here is that the auditor or surveyor must be trained and knowledgeable about the type of work being performed in the laboratory undergoing the safety audit. 

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Pushing Forward the Cutting Edge of Research

November 25, 2014 4:48 am | News | Comments

Since 2012, NIJ has issued six Challenges to scientists, inventors and innovators to help solve criminal justice problems. From developing a new way to test body armor to visualizing criminal justice data, these competitions are helping to bridge gaps between practitioners, researchers and technology companies.

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UV-Visible-NIR Polarization Spectroscopy of Microscopic Samples

November 25, 2014 4:40 am | CRAIC Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

CRAIC Technologies announces the addition of UV-visible-NIR polarization spectroscopy capabilities to CRAIC microspectrophotometers. This feature is offered as a package that allows the user to measure polarization spectra in either transmission or reflectance modes.

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DNA Database Match Breaks Open Murder Case

November 25, 2014 4:33 am | News | Comments

Investigators revealed more information Friday morning about an arrest in the death of a 15-year-old Indianapolis girl. Dominique Allen was abducted in the early morning hours on Aug. 31 while she was sitting outside her sister’s home. She was then found strangled, her body burned.

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Forensic Sketch Last Chance for PA John Doe

November 24, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

If a John Doe who died in the woods in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, two years ago eventually is identified, it might be because of one Arizona woman’s work. Catyana Falsetti, of Phoenix, last month created a detailed forensic sketch of what the man might have looked like using only his skull and an anthropologist’s report.

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Grant Supports Paint Sample Analysis Research

November 24, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Oklahoma State University students are making a big difference in a national effort to identify criminals using a sample of automobile paint taken from a crime scene. OSU chemistry professor Barry K. Lavine was awarded a grant to continue his research of automobile paint samples to benefit forensic scientists

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WI Preps for Expanded DNA Testing

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.  

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In a press conference, Wichita Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park, Kansas.

Nurses Collect Evidence to Help Solve Rape Case

November 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jade DeGood, KWCH 12 | News | Comments

In a press conference, Wichita Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park, Kansas.                 

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A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.

Witness Recants, Freeing Ohio Man after 39 Years

November 21, 2014 1:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.               

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Geologists are close to confirming what many scientists have long thought to be true - that human hair is an archive of geospatial movement. Such data may be used not only to identify the location of a murder victim, since bodies are sometimes dumped afte

Geologists Cite Hair as Tool to Place Bodies

November 21, 2014 12:33 pm | by Rob Enslin, Syracuse University | News | Comments

Geologists are close to confirming what many scientists have long thought to be true - that human hair is an archive of geospatial movement. Such data may be used not only to identify the location of a murder victim, since bodies are sometimes dumped after a homicide, but also to track the geographic movement of a suspect.

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Scientists from DFS, OCME Earn National Appointments

November 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by DC Government, Department of Forensic Sciences | News | Comments

The scientists at the District’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory do cutting-edge work every day. But six people with ties to that state-of-the-art facility have been asked to literally help shape the future of forensic science in the United States.

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Contamination of equipment at a crime scene is a serious problem and can occur in many ways. Any time your equipment comes into contact with blood, fluids, or other substances at a scene, you run the risk of contamination.

Avoid Equipment Contamination

November 21, 2014 9:02 am | Articles | Comments

Contamination of equipment at a crime scene is a serious problem and can occur in many ways. Any time your equipment comes into contact with blood, fluids, or other substances at a scene, you run the risk of contamination.       

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