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Monday's Briefing: 03/07/16

March 7, 2016 12:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news 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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Forensic Botany Helps Put Illegal Loggers Behind Bars

March 7, 2016 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four defendants pleaded guilty to illegally felling and stealing special maple trees in Washington state – based largely on the genetic identification found within the logs.

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Knife Found Buried at OJ Simpson’s Estate Resurfaces

March 4, 2016 12:18 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The LAPD have opened a new forensic investigation into one of the most enduring unsolved murder cases in American history.

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Protecting Your Wi-Fi

March 4, 2016 9:18 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

Before connecting to the wireless network, the wireless router needs to be made as secure as possible to prevent unauthorized access.

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Exhuming Lee Harvey Oswald

March 4, 2016 9:12 am | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

Forensic investigators exhumed a coffin, and decapitated the corpse, to prove the identity of the body inside. Pathologists examined the skull and teeth, and finally reached a decision in the bizarre case of Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Ethics and the Forensic Expert: What Would You Do?

March 4, 2016 9:05 am | by Judy Melinek | Comments

A couple of years ago I was part of a panel of forensic pathologists who posed ethical questions to both forensic experts and attorneys. We got very different answers.

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Cyber Trends 2016

March 4, 2016 8:57 am | by Louis E. Grever and Paul Stokes | Comments

If 2015 is to be considered “the year of the breach” with almost weekly compromises becoming the norm, 2016 will be considered the “year of the exploit.”

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Forensic Palynology Goes under the Microscope

March 3, 2016 12:59 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Experts say pollen forensic in the US is “miles behind” the rest of the world, but a new study is, again, showing the discipline's usefulness.

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Lab Tech Suspended after Allegedly 'Dry Labbing' Drug Evidence

March 3, 2016 12:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A forensic scientist allegedly seen "dry labbing" a suspected marijuana sample in NJ has been suspended, as attorneys consider thousands of other cases he handled.

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Reviewing DNA-Mixture Convictions: Here We Go, Again

March 3, 2016 12:29 pm | by Chris Asplen | Comments

Recent developments in the Texas criminal justice system may point towards the necessity of, once again, looking back at convictions because of new DNA technology.

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Ancient DNA Sequencing IDs a Century-Old Irish Rebel

March 3, 2016 12:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Advances in DNA sequencing techniques and an unceremonious burial place covered over with quicklime would help scientists ID the remains almost a century later.

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Arson Investigations

March 2, 2016 12:18 pm | by Dick Warrington and Owen McDonnell | Comments

Arson may be motivated by psychological problems, insurance fraud, or to cover-up of other crimes, and are some of the most challenging scenes crime scene investigators will ever encounter.

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Matching Marijuana Genotypes at the Border

March 2, 2016 10:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

DNA genotyping isn’t just for uniquely fingerprinting suspects in criminal cases, like violent crimes, but now even smuggled drugs are coming under the sequencer.

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How Science Cracked a 50-Year-Old Cold Case

March 2, 2016 10:14 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A forensic investigation traces the death of a high school girl, found by the side of the Garden State Parkway in the fall of 1965, to one of New Jersey’s most infamous suspected serial killers.

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Examining Skeletal Remains from Ancient Egypt

March 1, 2016 1:13 pm | by Christine Miller | Comments

Can examining pedal skeletal remains provide any information about an individual’s health or quality of life even in thousands of years old bones from ancient Egypt?

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