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Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence.

New Technologies for Shooting Incident Reconstruction

April 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Nathan Lefebvre, James Molinaro and Howard Ryan | Comments

Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence. 

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15 Suspended after NY State Police Probe

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Although the new software was not used in any cases involving the suspended employees, the agency said it is providing pertinent information to ensure legal obligations are upheld in cases involving the suspended employees.

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.   Cannabis is a genus of angiosperm plants of the cannabaceae family that includes Cannabis sativa and its subspecies Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis.1 Its first descript

THC Analysis with Triple Quadrupole GC-MS

April 22, 2015 5:05 pm | by Andrea Caruso | Comments

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabisCannabis is a genus of angiosperm plants of the cannabaceae family that includes Cannabis sativa and its subspecies Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Its first description as a recreational drug dates back to the Greek historian Herodotus.

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It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003.

DNA as a Sketch Artist: How Forensic Science Benefits from Physical Predictions

April 22, 2015 4:39 pm | by Katrina Voss | Comments

It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003. Five bodies had been found raped, murdered and dumped in the swamps between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.

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Preserving Forensic Evidence after Terrorist Attacks

April 22, 2015 11:11 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, pathologists had to improvise to preserve forensic evidence in the midst of life-saving surgeries and amputations. Some of the most vital clues were embedded in the tissue of those fighting to stay alive.

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Forensic Evidence Found in Brazen London Bank Heist

April 22, 2015 10:27 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The London Metropolitan Police released CCTV footage of the robbers this week, calling on the public to help in the investigation, and giving detailed information about forensic evidence found at the scene.

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Today’s investigative teams are buried under a mountain of digital data that comes from an increasing number and variety of sources. As the quantity of potential evidence continues to grow, some might yearn for a simpler time before the latest advances in

Uncovering the Smoking Gun is a Team Effort

April 22, 2015 9:07 am | by Dr. Jim Kent | Comments

Today’s investigative teams are buried under a mountain of digital data that comes from an increasing number and variety of sources. As the quantity of potential evidence continues to grow, some might yearn for a simpler time before the latest advances in technology; especially since criminals have become quite efficient at using these tools to hide their crimes and evade detection and prosecution. 

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The FBIs Flawed Hair Evidence under the Microscope

April 21, 2015 12:57 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

According to a July 2000 article by FBI Unit Chief Douglas W. Deedrick—published only months after the FBI stopped using the flawed technique—the agency admitted that the technique was not only flawed, but needed careful handling when used as evidence in criminal cases.

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Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science

April 21, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric S. Lander, The New York Times | Comments

THE F.B.I. stunned the legal community on Monday with its acknowledgment that testimony by its forensic scientists about hair identification was scientifically indefensible in nearly every one of more than 250 cases reviewed. But the conclusion should come as no surprise to scientists.

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FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis Spanning Two Decades

April 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The Department of Justice along with the FBI have identified 2,500 cases for review after finding that experts on its microscopic hair comparison unit overstated evidence concerning pattern-based forensic techniques in 95 percent of the 268 cases reviewed so far.

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The Search for Lincoln's DNA

April 17, 2015 1:11 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Scientists will compare any DNA found on the bed sheet to future tests of blood samples from verified Lincoln artifacts, which would determine, once and for all, if the bed sheet was present at one of the most seminal moments in American history.

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Still No Arrests for DC Boy Struck by Stray Bullet

April 16, 2015 12:28 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Lawyers for the boy's family claimed delays in ballistics processing at the DC Department of Forensic Science (DFS) have hampered the investigation. “There have been no arrests in the case and delays in processing the evidence have only exacerbated the search for justice."

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3D Printing continues to be of great interest in forensics because of the many application areas in which it can be applied. The aim of this article is to look at the documentation and preparation stages for 3D forensic evidence and what considerations sh

Forensic 3D Printing Workflow

April 15, 2015 12:28 pm | by Eugene Liscio, P, Eng. | Comments

3D Printing continues to be of great interest in forensics because of the many application areas in which it can be applied. The aim of this article is to look at the documentation and preparation stages for 3D forensic evidence and what considerations should be made to prepare scan data for 3D Printing.

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Aaron Hernandez Convicted of First Degree Murder

April 15, 2015 11:01 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Jurors found Hernandez guilty of first degree murder for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors presented condemning crime scene evidence to the jury, including DNA from a joint and shell casings found at the scene.

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DNA Testing Scandal Hits NY State Police

April 14, 2015 11:59 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Two state police supervisors were suspended in February, and 10 other scientists have been taken off casework as the investigation widens.

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