Monday's Briefing: 02/15/16
Hope you enjoyed the long, holiday weekend. Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week:
- Citizen Evidence a ‘Game Changer’ in Genocide Investigations
Amnesty International released a new report from their Citizen Evidence laboratory that documents new social media and cell phone footage of alleged atrocities across the globe.
The agency says new technologies are holding accountable those responsible for genocide, and that citizen evidence is changing the rules of modern warfare.
Read exclusive coverage by Forensic Magazine science writer Seth Augenstein.
- Texas Recommends a Ban on Bite-Mark Evidence
Texas becomes one of the first states to seriously consider banning bite-mark evidence in courtroom cases.
The Texas Forensic Science Commission recommended a moratorium on bite-mark evidence, last Thursday, and now the courts will now decide final fate. If the evidence is ruled out, a lengthy review of hundreds if not thousands of convictions will get underway.
Read an opinion piece by the Washington Post.
- Ohio Tests 10,000th Rape Kit
A state crime lab in Ohio has been beefing up staff, and confronting the rape kit backlog head on. With 10 news forensic analysts since 2011, the lab said it found ways to streamline the testing process, and can now test 300 kits a month.
Law enforcement has sent 12,000 to the lab already. According to the media outlets, the testing has resulted in over 3,500 potential hits in unprosecuted rape cases.
- India Gets New Cybercrime Technology
Last year, police in India raided a hideout of Nigerian fraudsters in Delhi. They confiscated 19 mobile phones, two laptops, and made 12 arrests.
Even though the devices were wiped clean, new cybercrime technology helped police find out exactly what the fraudsters were doing, quickly and effectively.
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