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Boston Marathon under Tight Security

April 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Jimmy Golen, Associated Press | Comments

A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.   

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Forensic Complex a Boon to Investigators

April 18, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jessica Creagan, Hometown News | Comments

The new Indian River County Sheriff's Office forensic sciences complex in Florida may look like just a big building on the outside, but on the inside it's the newest weapon in local law enforcement's arsenal to catch and prosecute criminals.  

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New Technology Gives 1990 Jane Doe a Face

April 18, 2014 11:44 am | by Bethany Bruner, Zainesville Times Reporter | Comments

In 1990, a sketch was made of what Jane Doe looked like from photos taken during her autopsy. Since that time, technology has advanced to create a digitally enhanced version of the autopsy photos that gives a clearer picture of how Jane Doe looked at the time of her death.

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Ohio Bans Two Chemicals Used to Make Synthetic Drugs

April 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Ann Sanner, Associated Press | Comments

Ohio officials are hoping the new rule will help stymie illegal-drug makers who tweaked the compounds to produce synthetic drugs, which can have effects similar to, but longer-lasting than, amphetamines.             

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Two Men Get $18M Each in Wrongful Conviction Case

April 18, 2014 11:20 am | by Joseph Berger, The New York Times | Comments

The man who represented the two in their lawsuit against the county, produced evidence that he said showed that a county detective planted hairs and hid other evidence that might have stopped a conviction. Lawyers for the county disputed the evidence’s scientific value.

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Body-worn Cameras for Criminal Justice

April 18, 2014 10:46 am | by NIJ | Comments

This market survey report summarizes information on commercial body-worn cameras to aid criminal justice practitioners considering planning, acquisition and implementation of the technology in their agency.             

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Complex Criminal Networks Detected with Mobile Phone Data

April 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by Indiana Univ. Bloomington | Comments

A researcher is using network science and a connected society to fight crime. Data produced by dynamical relationships is integrated into a statistical framework using algorithms that can model connectivity between individual “players,” laying out the multiple relationships into a network representation.

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Mexico Arrests Mayor for Drug Cartel Extortion

April 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.             

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Forensic Expert Faulted at Pistorius Trial

April 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Gerald Imray, Associated Press | Comments

The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.             

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University DNA Lab Helps Solve 42-year-old Mystery

April 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle | Comments

The nationally known DNA lab at the University of North Texas has helped solve the mystery of what happened to two South Dakota high school girls who disappeared in late May 1971.                    

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Can My Department Benefit from Mobile ID Fingerprint Devices?

April 17, 2014 9:02 am | by NIJ | Comments

This report provides a “landscape” view of the issues and products associated with mobile devices for fingerprint identification, with a focus on forensic applications.                       

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Forensics Expertise Questioned at Pistorius Trial

April 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Gerald Imray, Associated Press | Comments

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.             

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NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Seeks Forensic Scientists

April 16, 2014 11:13 am | by NIST | Comments

The application process for positions in the new NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is now open. NIST is welcoming members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve as committee and subcommittee members.

Alleged Serial Killings Highlight GPS Limits

April 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Don Thomson and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | Comments

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof.                     

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Boston Police Safely Blow Up Suspicious Backpacks

April 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

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