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Cops Charged in Freddie Gray 'Homicide'

May 1, 2015 12:34 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the manner of death was deemed a homicide by the Maryland State medical examiner early Friday morning, and that her office has reason to believe that the fatal injury occurred while Mr. Gray was left unrestrained in the back of a van while in police custody. 

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Suspended D.C. Crime Lab Has 30 Days

April 30, 2015 2:29 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The mayor initiated the 30-day corrective action plan that would monitor all of the Department of Forensic Sciences work. The statement also said that a third-party laboratory will be identified to help the CFL with DNA testing, and that all cases in question will be reviewed. Although the search for a third-party lab is still ongoing, anonymous city officials put the estimated cost of hiring a third-party laboratory at $1 million.

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While college students are opening their minds, they are also opening themselves to dangerous attacks by hackers. Nine days before finals were to begin, Internet service at Rutgers University was disabled. Students couldn't go online to study, participate

Cyber Attacks at Colleges Impede Free Flow of Knowledge

April 30, 2015 11:19 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

While college students are opening their minds, they are also opening themselves to dangerous attacks by hackers. Nine days before finals were to begin, Internet service at Rutgers University was disabled. Students couldn't go online to study, participate in online classes or register for courses. This attack was the third at Rutger's since November.

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Have you ever been called to a crime scene expecting something simple, or straightforward, only to have it turn into something much more complicated? Maybe you get a call for what looks like a simple break-in, so you dust for prints, but you don’t have th

Crime Scene Investigation 101: Crime Scene Kit Basics

April 29, 2015 2:54 pm | by Dick Warrington | Comments

Always assume any case you get will go to court. A good crime scene kit will help you be prepared. To make the most of your crime scene kit, you need to plan ahead. In organizing your kit, take into account your own level of expertise – the best crime scene kit in the world is useless, if you don’t know how to use the items inside.

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Public-private partnerships (P3s) have long been in use throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. These partnerships come in several forms, with the most common model being the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain model (DBFOM).

The Hunt for Facility Funding: Public-Private Partnerships

April 28, 2015 5:12 pm | by David Miller, Jinhee Lee and Cy Henningsen | Comments

Public-private partnerships (P3s) have long been in use throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. These partnerships come in several forms, with the most common model being the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain model (DBFOM). 

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Before purchasing any tool, users should thoroughly research those available and select the tool which provides the best functionality to meet their requirements. The listing of a particular tool or vendor is not to be construed as an endorsement of that

Data Sanitization: Part 2

April 28, 2015 4:40 pm | by John J. Barbara | Comments

Before purchasing any tool, users should thoroughly research those available and select the tool which provides the best functionality to meet their requirements.

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Forensic laboratory design has made many significant advances over the last twenty years. Today’s forensic labs afford occupants better work environments and increased operational efficiency. The challenge for those in the forensic laboratory design and c

Impacting Your Future Facility

April 28, 2015 2:34 pm | by Ken Mohr and Lou Hartman | Comments

Forensic laboratory design has made many significant advances over the last twenty years. Today’s forensic labs afford occupants better work environments and increased operational efficiency. The challenge for those in the forensic laboratory design and construction industries resides in not simply implementing yesterday’s improvements, rather actively working to make future forensic labs even better.

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The American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) symposium opened this week featuring talks from the Boston Police Commissioner on the lessons learned from the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The 42nd annual meeting was a departure from the n

ASCLD Symposium Kicks Off in Washington DC

April 28, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

WASHINGTON - The American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) symposium opened this week featuring talks from the Boston Police Commissioner on the lessons learned from the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The 42nd annual meeting was a departure from the norm said ASCLD president Brady Mills, and after almost half a century in existence, proved to be a record turnout for the organization.

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The trial of James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter, began what is expected to be months of testimony this week. Everyone appears to be in agreement: Holmes was the shooter who killed 12 and wounded 70. But for an attack that lasted just minutes

Colorado Theater Shooter Trial Involves 85,000 Pages of Evidence, Despite Apparent Guilt

April 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The trial of James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter, began what is expected to be months of testimony this week. Everyone appears to be in agreement: Holmes was the shooter who killed 12 and wounded 70. But for an attack that lasted just minutes, prosecutors have amassed more than 85,000 pages of evidence.

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The FBI announced last week that serious errors were made when it analyzed hair samples from crime scenes, potentially affecting the outcome of thousands of cases. Now four states are going to audit cases that involved experts trained in the flawed method

Four States Auditing Cases Involving Flawed FBI Hair Analysis

April 27, 2015 2:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The FBI announced last week that serious errors were made when it analyzed hair samples from crime scenes, potentially affecting the outcome of thousands of cases. Now four states are going to audit cases that involved experts trained in the flawed method, according to officials. 

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Some of President Barack Obama’s emails with White House staff were collected by Russian hackers in a breach last year, according to multiple published reports citing senior American officials.

Obama's Emails Collected by Russian Hackers, Reports Say

April 27, 2015 12:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Some of President Barack Obama’s emails with White House staff were collected by Russian hackers in a breach last year, according to multiple published reports citing senior American officials.

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There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for   you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign   of something bad. We are talking about back pain, herniated discs, or worse. Back   i

Spine Tingling

April 27, 2015 8:38 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign of something bad. Back injuries are probably not something you immediately associate with forensics and laboratory work. However, there are plenty of ways to injure your back if you perform forensic field work or work in a laboratory.

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From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recy

Data Sanitization: Part 1

April 24, 2015 4:45 pm | by John J. Barbara | Comments

From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin. Depending upon the length of time a file has been deleted, forensic tools can recover the entire file or parts of the file (if it was partially overwritten).

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When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodolo

A Gold Standard in Forensics: A GC/MS Case Study

April 24, 2015 3:31 pm | by Kristen Parnell | Comments

When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodologies for many forensic tests.

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So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to

LIMS vs QMS: What Are They and Do I Need Both?

April 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Juliann Poff | Comments

So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to be able to help a laboratory efficiently capture that sample analytical testing data. 

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