Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 percent longer than the previously determined value, which had been in use for decades.
A prosecutor and a DNA expert working on a 1989 cold case murder in San Jose have been reassigned after the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office learned they were having an affair, but prosecutors said Monday they do not think it will affect the case.
A woman who has been in prison for more than 30 years for a Nevada killing was granted a new trial Monday based on recently discovered DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California.
The Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, crime lab can perform crime scene investigations for thousands less than other labs and complete the analysis faster. It's one of the top labs in the world, according to Paul Speaker, an associate professor of finance at WVU and principal investigator for the study.
Nearly 18 years after 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery was found dead in the small northwest Michigan town of Kalkaska, the man falsely accused and convicted of her sexual assault and murder will walk free.
A self-confessed “armchair detective” claims to have solved perhaps the most notorious whodunit ever by claiming to have discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper. Russell Edwards claims Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year-old Polish immigrant who ended up dying in an asylum, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man behind the grisly killing spree in 1888 in London’s East End.
In this three-part series, The Register-Herald will follow the evidence trail involved in serious cases — from crime scene to courtroom. This week, readers can learn more from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office and Beckley Police Department about the crime scene, the collection of evidence and the chain of custody.
On September 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m, the FTCoE will hold a forum on “Best Practices for the National Response to Sexual Assault Investigations.” This online and in-person forum will focus on emerging techniques and developments in evidence collection and analysis, forensic analysis using Y-STR capabilities, victim-centric care approaches, and the key factors that are essential to policy change.
When a European arrest warrant was issued recently for Brett and Naghemeh King, who took their cancer-stricken child out of a Hampshire hospital in the south of England without permission, the Spanish police did what has become increasingly common in the search for missing or wanted people: They posted an alert on Twitter.
Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice has awarded $63,029 to the North Dakota Office of the Attorney General. The grant will be used to improve the quality of forensic science and medical examiner services. The funds will also help improve the timeliness of forensic evidence analysis and help eliminate backlogs.
Crime victims are increasingly being told by some UK police forces to carry out their own investigations by speaking to neighbours, checking for CCTV images and seeing if their stolen property has been put up for sale on secondhand websites, the official police watchdog has warned.
A dozen autopsy technicians who work at the Office of Chief State Medical Examiner have hired a private lawyer to advocate for better pay and fairer treatment. “The people who pick up our trash make more money than we do,” Amanda McGinnis, a five-year contract employee, says. “And we bag it up for them.”
Research and development is criminal justice’s silent but powerful partner. Strengthening the scientific foundation of forensics helps law enforcement identify suspects more quickly, prosecutors bring charges more accurately, and defense lawyers exonerate the innocent. NIJ’s investment in forensic R&D is our most enduring contribution to criminal justice.
The New York Police Department will begin equipping a small number of its officers with wearable video cameras, a pilot program geared toward eventually outfitting the nation’s largest police force with technology that promises greater accountability.
For the past few years, nationally-recognized forensic artist Amanda Danning has been entertaining visitors at the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville with her amazing facial reconstruction. Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, in collaboration with The Sons of the Republic of Texas, is offering a history lecture featuring the forensic sculptor from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 16.