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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 sea

Streamlining the Digital Forensic Workflow: Part 3

February 17, 2015 1:12 pm | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

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.

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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.

Crime Scene Photography: Creating an Accurate Record

February 13, 2015 2:41 pm | Comments

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. 

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Online-Dating Extortion Scams Exposed

February 12, 2015 4:46 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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.

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Proposed Crime Lab a 'Luxury Item' in Cincinnati

February 12, 2015 9:56 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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.

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In the second part of our discussion about the benefits of government contracts to digital forensic investigation, Forensic Magazine talks to Jonathn Grier, principle of Grier Forensics. Grier's sifting technology speeds the investigation of computer hard

Grier Forensics Sifts Through the Data

February 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

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.

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The Future of Crime Scene Forensic Science: An interview with Keith Inman (Part 2)

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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.

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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.

The Importance of Communicating Face to Face

February 10, 2015 8:38 am | by Nathan Jamail | Comments

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.   

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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 benifit everyone. Forensic tools are no exce

Government Contract to Grier Forensics Speeds-Up Digital Investigation

February 9, 2015 11:54 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

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.

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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 f

The Future of Crime Scene Science: An Interview with Keith Inman

February 5, 2015 2:24 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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.

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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

EBOLA Outbreak

February 4, 2015 8:58 am | by Jinhee Lee and Matt Willmus | Crime Lab Design | Comments

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.

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Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems.

Next-Gen Sequencing Maps 'Highly Degraded' DNA

January 30, 2015 12:27 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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.

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Drones Questioned after Drunken White House Crash

Drone Rules Questioned after Drunken White House Crash

January 29, 2015 1:28 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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.

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Who Is All Wet Now?

January 28, 2015 12:41 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Maybe a refresher is due for all forensic laboratory personnel and CSI on the use of safety showers and eye wash stations. The ANSI Z358.1 standard is very detailed in terms of defining what is appropriate for safety showers and eye wash stations. In fact, OSHA uses this reference as a guide when inspecting facilities. So let’s review what is “recommended” for acceptable safety equipment.

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Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detect

DNA Forensic Testing and Use of DNA Rape Kits in Cases of Rape and Sexual Assault

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by Karl M. McDonald | Comments

Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detection tests, confirmatory tests and forensic DNA testing are indispensable tools for solving a cases of rape and assault in order to bring perpetrators to justice.

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Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. Conversely, delayed results can lead to suspects remaining free for extended periods of time, thereby allowing them to potentiall

Examining and Analyzing Large Crime Scene Data Sets

January 23, 2015 1:07 pm | Comments

Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. Conversely, delayed results can lead to suspects remaining free for extended periods of time, thereby allowing them to potentially commit other crimes.

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