University of Southern California professor Dan Simon, S.J.D., researches the “messy” process of forming decisions in everyday walks of life and applies his findings to determinations in criminal cases. Human reasoning “infuses a process” throughout the course of an investigation, and Simon has dedicated most of his scientific career to finding out exactly how.
The Hamilton County crime lab processed 35,573 pieces of evidence in 2013, the latest statistics available, of which 27,038 were drug related. An astounding 76 percent of all the evidence processed by the crime lab in 2013 was related to the current heroin epidemic.
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
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.
Science enthusiasts came out to the Orlando Science Center for a fun and informative AAFS night session for the final exhibit of the conference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.