This article attempts to open—or hopefully expand—a dialogue between innocence projects and the forensic science community; an important, though often neglected, participant in the criminal justice system.
An environmental monitroing system installed in the NJ State Police Forensic Science Technology Center tracks the controls needed to maintain samples in the DNA unit.
By Douglas Page
A murder occurs in Collin County, Texas. The suspect tries to dispose of the body by burning it on a pyre made of fire wood. If the logs could be somehow shown to match, it might help place the suspect at the crime scene.
The proactive use and comprehensive analysis of ballistics evidence, once overlooked as unlikely to produce the highest probably value, benefits from new technology in sharing and comparing data.
Every medical examiner’s office faces the challenge of discovering the unknown threat from mass causalities or a single entity. This should give you pause to consider how your facility can better prepare you to deal with unknown threats.
There are still many misconceptions surrounding the use of respiratory protection whether it is in response to a possible weapons of mass destruction incident, processing a crime scene with chemicals, in confined spaces, or dealing with infectious agents. So let’s start at the beginning.
Last issue, I covered how to record information relating to the coroner, body removal, and body identification. I then detailed how to record information if the body is found in a structure. But what about bodies found in the water? In a vehicle? In an open area?