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.
It is often the case that the spur to innovation in America takes the form of a government solicitation. As an instrument of the people, the government gives power to the those that develop ideas and tools that benefit everyone. Forensic tools are no exception. To this end, Forensic Magazine spoke with Martin Novak, Program Manager at NIJ, and Jonathan Grier, principle of Grier Forensics, about Grier's recent contract award.
Keith Inman spent multiple years providing testimony in cases concerning violent homicide, but even with his courtroom experience, he’s not exactly conventional. From small drones equipped with sensors that scan crime scenes to an evidence database with forensic information about violent homicides, Inman is fundamentally changing the way violent crimes are investigated starting with the most rudimentary principal – knowing what to look for.
This article will specifically review the design strategy for a single table high containment autopsy suite, based partly on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) standards. Our best practices are in an effort to create a facility that is prepared for the worst case scenario, which could result from any highly contagious disease outbreak.
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.
A drone that crash landed on White House grounds, flown by an unnamed and intoxicated, off-duty government surveillance employee, prompted President Obama to call for stricter regulations on all drones, and pressed the FAA to act on new commercial and consumer rules.