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Obama's 'Privacy Bill of Rights' Not Without Critics

March 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

President Obama released a draft bill outlining long-awaited legislation that would establish “baseline protections” for online consumers under a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. But the bill is over three years in the making, and critics say it doesn’t do nearly enough

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Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.

Locating Evidence to Cast

February 27, 2015 2:08 pm | Comments

Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.

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AAFS Farewell: Telescopes and Romance at Science Night Live

February 25, 2015 8:11 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Science enthusiasts came out to the Orlando Science Center for a fun and informative AAFS night session for the final exhibit of the conference. 

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Battling Bias: AAFS Panel Discusses Cognitive Bias

February 24, 2015 8:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Treating all criminal cases fairly in the face of cognitive bias was at the forefront of the “Human Factors in Forensic Science” discussion at this year’s AAFS Plenary Session. The discussion featured some of the top academics and practitioners in the field, and highlighted the importance and difficulty of recognizing cognitive bias, and the necessity to diminish its effects.

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AAFS Thinks Ahead, Remembers the Past

February 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Sean Allocca | Comments

​A former Los Angeles County coroner, who gained national attention for the investigations into the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Robert F. Kennedy, was awarded the Gradwohl Laureate Award at this year’s annual AAFS business meeting, before President-elect Dr. Victor W. Weedn, was sworn into office.

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After listening to colleagues for years and exploring it further, Jonathan Grier saw how pressing the need was for technology like his. Although the NIJ was the organization that bridged the gap between idea and practical application for his technology, i

The Possible Put Into Digital Forensic Practice With Grier Technology

February 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

After listening to colleagues for years and exploring it further, Jonathan Grier saw how pressing the need was for technology like his. Although the NIJ was the organization that bridged the gap between idea and practical application for his technology, it was another agency that saw its possibility.

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Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. The use of a triage tool can identify the most likely evidentiary data sources. Ideally, the relevant evidence should then be sea

Streamlining the Digital Forensic Workflow: Part 3

February 17, 2015 1:12 pm | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. The use of a triage tool can identify the most likely evidentiary data sources. Ideally, the relevant evidence should then be seamlessly exported and analyzed in-depth by another comprehensive forensic tool which can provide indexing and detailed analysis.

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When photographing a scene, you want to provide a permanent record of the scene and the evidence collected. This record will assist anyone not at the scene—detectives, prosecutors, members of the jury—if the case goes to trial.

Crime Scene Photography: Creating an Accurate Record

February 13, 2015 2:41 pm | Comments

When photographing a scene, you want to provide a permanent record of the scene and the evidence collected. This record will assist anyone not at the scene — detectives, prosecutors, members of the jury — if the case goes to trial. 

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Online-Dating Extortion Scams Exposed

February 12, 2015 4:46 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Thousands of cases of online dating fraud were reported in 2014, with over 41.2 million American users contributing to the $1.2 billion industry, according to an article by the Better Business Bureau. But, these Internet criminals are not working alone.

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Proposed Crime Lab a 'Luxury Item' in Cincinnati

February 12, 2015 9:56 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Funding for a new crime lab became a hot-button issue in Cincinnati, after democratic leaders in Hamilton, Ohio fired back at County Commissioner Greg Hartmann’s assertion that a new crime lab amounted to a “luxury item” and that coroners are not required to run crime labs, only morgues.

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In the second part of our discussion about the benefits of government contracts to digital forensic investigation, Forensic Magazine talks to Jonathn Grier, principle of Grier Forensics. Grier's sifting technology speeds the investigation of computer hard

Grier Forensics Sifts Through the Data

February 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

In the second part of our discussion about the benefits of government contracts to digital forensic investigation, Forensic Magazine talks to Jonathan Grier, principle of Grier Forensics. Grier's sifting technology speeds the investigation of computer hard drives by pinpointing usable data — the data important to a case. In this part, we find out from Jonathan Grier how this technology works.

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The Future of Crime Scene Forensic Science: An interview with Keith Inman (Part 2)

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

In his first interview with Forensic Magazine, Inman explained how small drones equipped with sensors to scan crime scenes, and an evidence database with forensic information about violent homicides, might be the future of forensic science. Now, he speaks to some of the problems he sees in the administration of justice, and why it all might be less about science, and more about semantics.

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With technology constantly evolving, technical skills and know-how will be the most common skills among the working and business public—but the ability to communicate face to face will always be one of the most important aspects of business.

The Importance of Communicating Face to Face

February 10, 2015 8:38 am | by Nathan Jamail | Comments

With technology constantly evolving, technical skills and know-how will be the most common skills among the working and business public—but the ability to communicate face to face will always be one of the most important aspects of business.   

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It is often the case that the spur to innovation in America takes the form of a government solicitation. As an instrument of the people, the government gives power to the those that develop ideas and tools that benifit everyone. Forensic tools are no exce

Government Contract to Grier Forensics Speeds-Up Digital Investigation

February 9, 2015 11:54 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

It is often the case that the spur to innovation in America takes the form of a government solicitation. As an instrument of the people, the government gives power to the those that develop ideas and tools that benefit everyone. Forensic tools are no exception. To this end, Forensic Magazine spoke with Martin Novak, Program Manager at NIJ, and Jonathan Grier, principle of Grier Forensics, about Grier's recent contract award.

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Keith Inman spent multiple years providing testimony in cases concerning violent homicide, but even with his courtroom experience, he’s not exactly conventional. From small drones equipped with sensors that scan crime scenes to an evidence database with f

The Future of Crime Scene Science: An Interview with Keith Inman

February 5, 2015 2:24 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Keith Inman spent multiple years providing testimony in cases concerning violent homicide, but even with his courtroom experience, he’s not exactly conventional. From small drones equipped with sensors that scan crime scenes to an evidence database with forensic information about violent homicides, Inman is fundamentally changing the way violent crimes are investigated starting with the most rudimentary principal – knowing what to look for.

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