Thousands of criminal cases are being reopened, because the original investigations were performed by officers now accused of swapping racist and homophobic text messages. A group of jail guards allegedly forced inmates to fight each other while they gambled on the brawls. And the flawed DNA work at a police lab is also under the microscope.
Police Commissioner William Evans sat down with Forensic Magazine to talk about the state of policing in the wake of the recent riots in Baltimore, and what needs to happen to bridge the gap between inner-city communities and the men and women who protect them.
The Kenya Wildlife Service is scheduled to formally commission a new forensic and genetic laboratory on Friday – a long-planned facility costing millions, which is expected to help turn the tide against the wave of illegal poaching.
A part of the PATRIOT Act used to justify the bulk data collection of phone records by the National Security Agency was deemed illegal by a unanimous federal appeals court. The decision comes as parts of the law allowing the massive, secret program are due to expire – and as the House of Representatives is considering whether to extend them.
Rapid DNA testing reached a new milestone, with the Arizona DPS becoming the first accredited lab to upload DNA profiles using the quicker system to the National DNA Index System, the national database run by the FBI.
Just days before his resignation last week, Dr. Max Houck appeared stalwart and refined welcoming a small group of crime-lab enthusiasts for what would probably be the last tour he ever hosted as director of the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory in Washington D.C.
Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach, and you find yourself in the position of having to conduct digital forensics? What now?
But not every case that gets overturned necessarily means the person is innocent, warn some crime-lab experts. A group of them is now publishing “The Innocence Audit” – an investigation of exonerations which may have overturned valid criminal procedures.
Digital forensic investigators can now extract information from a Sony PlayStation 4 console using a method developed by researchers in Australia. That research explored the Web browsing and communication features of game consoles, which could be sources of evidence in criminal cases.
The black-box recorder showed that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz performed a minute-long, sustained descent on an earlier flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, as first reported by the German newspaper Bild.
Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, officers identify the evidence but figure they can’t do anything with it. This is especially true when you have extreme weather or difficult surfaces. Those situations present more of a challenge, but you can still get the job done.
John had been dead about four hours before his body was brought into the funeral home. He had been relatively healthy for most of his life.
A man has been convicted in the cold case murder of a 16-year-old girl that happened nearly 20 years ago on the South Side. Steven Dixon, 40, of Wisconsin was convicted Friday of the murder of 16-year-old Tiffany Lindsay, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
To make matters worse, when victims go to a hospital for a forensic medical exam, the numbers show it's more than likely that evidence will sit on a police shelf and never be sent to a crime lab.
IT security writer Robert Covington has blogged, "that while enterprise breaches usually dominate the headlines, smaller businesses statistically are the ones experiencing the bulk of the problems. Fortunately, their exposures are somewhat easier to address, and often involve "old fashioned" perimeter security. Their issue is that they often ignore the fundamentals."