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Now nearly 200,000 people have signed petitions asking for a pardon for Avery, who is currently serving life in prison, and are the latest in “court of public opinion” movements aiming to affect the legal outcome of criminal cases.
Bill Cosby has been accused in the court of public opinion for years with drugging and sexually assaulting a number of women over his decades of stardom. But none of those accusations resulted in charges – until now.
A Virginia man who served 21 years behind bars after being convicted of intentionally setting a fire that killed his two children was fully pardoned by the governor last week. Davey Reedy’s attorney and other experts claim flawed arson forensic science put the innocent man in prison for two life sentences – and could have resulted in other wrongful convictions.
A 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun was shot to death by a rookie cop outside a recreation center in Cleveland in November 2014. But a grand jury declined to indict the two officers at the scene of the child’s shooting death. Prosecutors who announced the finding conceded mistakes were made – the latest attempt by authorities in the U.S. to explain what went wrong in a police-involved fatal shooting of an African-American.
A letter by a blues historian refuting the claim that an alleged 80-year-old photograph depicts the famed bluesman Robert Johnson.
Enabling investigations through technology and gathering technological evidence has become more critical today than in the past decade. While a number of software tools for conducting investigations and gathering technology-oriented evidence have emerged, challenges still remain.
Forensic entomology involves the study of insects in connection with a legal case. While this science may be used for a number of purposes, such as in rape and abuse cases and automobile accident analysis, the most common use is in death scene investigations.
Because the killer had so meticulously removed all distinguishing characteristics from the body parts and what was left was so severely decayed, forensic experts had to rely on new forensic techniques to identify the victims, and bring the killer to justice.
Forensic Magazine columnist Judy Melinek discusses forensic radiology, and a particularly peculiar case, in her latest column, called "How I learned to stop worrying and love the virtual autopsy."
The FBI has always tracked the apparent success of the national DNA database by its own criterion, but there is little information about whether or not those matches led to anyone actually being held accountable for the crimes committed.
Released on Tuesday, the audit highlighted some of the obstacles lab directors are facing—namely requests for testing have significantly increased, and will likely continue to do so, while the numbers of laboratory staff have effectively remained the same.
A Michigan judge has decided a DNA-mixture analysis software program can be used in an armed-robbery trial, a ruling that might set the precedent for such cases in the future.
With the emergence of the smartphone and its role in everyday life, recent legal challenges have emerged in digital forensics, particularly with data encryption, and specifically with Apple technology.