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Preserving Forensic Evidence of an ISIS Genocide in Iraq

February 1, 2016 12:02 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Human Rights Watch and Yazda, a Yezidi support group, issued the joint call for preservation of the mass graves and their evidence for future international prosecution of the alleged ISIS killers.

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The Rise of the Neurobiological Defense with Nita Farahany

January 29, 2016 1:38 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The “haphazard” use of neuroscience in the courtroom isn't resulting in injustice, but holding back more-productive uses of proven sciences, Farahany told Forensic Magazine.

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Video: Italian Police Storm Secret Mafia Bunker

January 29, 2016 12:56 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Two convicted mafia bosses were discovered holed up in a secret underground bunker stocked full of semi-automatic weapons, bottles of wine, a flat screen TV, and a pasta pot neatly hanging from the wall.

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Two US Cities among 20 Deadliest in the World – Is ‘Ferguson Effect’ to Blame?

January 28, 2016 12:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

St. Louis and Baltimore were ranked the 15th and 19th most deadly cities in the world last year, with 59.23 and 54.98 killings per 100,000 people, respectively.

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Detroit ‘Jane Doe’ Exhumed in Hopes of a DNA Match, Two Decades Later

January 28, 2016 12:27 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

In 1996, a deceased woman’s body was found in an alley way in Detroit. Some two decades later, police have exhumed the body to look for a usable DNA profile. 

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The Forensic Investigation into the Polonium Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

January 27, 2016 1:10 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A Russian dissident was poisoned with polonium in London in 2006. But a new government report tries to determine where that radioactive material came from, and who was ultimately behind the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko.

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‘My Brain Made Me Do It’: New Study Analyzes Neuroscience in the Criminal Courtroom

January 27, 2016 12:43 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Criminal suspects have blamed their actions on insanity, blackouts, drugs, even simple “passion,” for centuries. But neuroscience and its medical and psychological underpinnings are being raised in U.S. courtrooms more frequently than ever before.

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Court Supports Expert Testimony on Eyewitness IDs, Affirms New Trial for Convicted Killer

January 26, 2016 12:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Chicago man convicted of gunning down his neighbor will get a new trial, because he was not allowed to bring an expert on eyewitness testimony to testify during his trial.

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Monday's Briefing: 01/25/15

January 25, 2016 11:51 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s what you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Manhunt Underway for 3 'Dangerous' Escapees from Maximum-Security Prison

January 25, 2016 11:30 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Three men who were awaiting trial for violent crimes escaped a California county jail on Friday, and a massive manhunt is still underway three days later.

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Louisiana Serial Killer, Suspect in Cold Murder Investigation, Dies on Death Row

January 22, 2016 4:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Lee, who had been on death row since 2004, quickly became a person of interest in the revived Boisfontaine investigation.

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How States Are Curbing Millions of Dollars in Police Seizures

January 22, 2016 1:05 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Civil asset forfeiture “takes the profit out of the crime” by eliminating the funds needed to continue illegal activity. However, critics say it can be a legal slush fund for law enforcement.

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Court Rules to Force Feed Dying Inmate on Hunger Strike

January 22, 2016 12:20 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A New Jersey prison inmate now on his second hunger strike to protest prison conditions will be force fed, due to his impending death, according to a court decision.

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Decapitated Skeletons Likely Those of Roman Gladiators

January 21, 2016 1:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Genetic forensic work has provided more clues about the mystery of dozens of Roman-era decapitated bodies found in the gardens of a British mansion.

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‘Stripper Tax’ Could Fund Rape-Kit Testing in Washington State

January 21, 2016 12:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

New legislation in Washington State could end the backlog of 6,000 rape-kits statewide, and is proposing a novel way to pay for the testing.

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