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Nebraska County Board OKs Shared Crime Lab Deal

September 24, 2014 1:44 pm | by Cody Winchester, World-Herald | Comments

A proposal for Douglas County and the City of Omaha to share some crime lab services cleared its first hurdle. With no discussion, the County Board approved a five-year shared services agreement that calls for more cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Omaha Police Department.

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Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms, new research shows.

Brain Wave Detects What People Have Seen, Recognize

September 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | Comments

Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms, new research shows.           

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The FBI is preparing to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government's massive new biometric identification database.

FBI Plans Rapid DNA Dragnets

September 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | Comments

The FBI is preparing to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government's massive new biometric identification database.                                 

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September 24, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

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In October, as a result of thefts and tampering at the now-closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police agencies across the state will begin using clear, heat-sealed plastic bags to secure drug evidence.

New Rules Issued for Drug Evidence in Delaware

September 23, 2014 3:14 pm | by Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal | Comments

In October, as a result of thefts and tampering at the now-closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police agencies across Delaware will begin using clear, heat-sealed plastic bags to secure drug evidence.            

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In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items.

Forensic Evidence Collected in Search for Missing UVa Student

September 23, 2014 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items. Police have said they hope to receive lab results late Tuesday from items recovered during the initial searches.

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FBI Crime Lab Testing Evidence in Child Killing

September 23, 2014 12:59 pm | by Robert Fitzgerald, Sun Herald | Comments

One of the largest, most comprehensive crime labs in the world is analyzing evidence collected in the disappearance and killing of five-year-old Ja'Naya Thompson.                         

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Forensic tests are being carried out on a knife found during the search for missing teenager Alice Gross. The investigation into her disappearance is focusing on the River Brent and its banks near Ealing Hospital in west London, where the knife was found.

Knife Sent for Forensic Tests in Missing Teenager Case

September 23, 2014 12:54 pm | by Sky.com | Comments

Forensic tests are being carried out on a knife found during the search for missing teenager Alice Gross. The investigation into her disappearance is focusing on the River Brent and its banks near Ealing Hospital in west London, where the knife was found.

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DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

DNA Expert Testifies in NY State Murder Trial

September 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by Mike Hibbard, Finger Lakes Times | Comments

DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.     

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A bag of human remains — overlooked and forgotten since 2006 — was discovered   in a refrigerator at the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the latest misstep for the scandal-plagued agency.

Body Parts Forgotten Seven Years at Crime Lab

September 22, 2014 1:57 pm | by Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal | Comments

A bag of human remains — overlooked and forgotten since 2006 — was discovered in a refrigerator at the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the latest misstep for the scandal-plagued agency.         

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Colorado Crime Agency to Move to Bigger Forensics Lab

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is moving its forensics lab to a bigger building to accommodate a rising demand for DNA analysis. The agency says the new lab will help improve turnaround time.               

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Forensic firearms analysis is the subject of a new graduate certificate program offered by the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Syracuse Launches Certificate Program in Forensic Firearms Analysis

September 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Syracuse Univ. | Comments

Forensic firearms analysis is the subject of a new graduate certificate program offered by the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died. Forensic biologists wondered whether microscopic soil-dwelling organisms could help date older corpses.

Amoebas as Time-of-Death Tool

September 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American | Comments

One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died. Forensic biologists wondered whether microscopic soil-dwelling organisms could help date older corpses.         

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Expert to Review Autopsy of NYC Chokehold Victim

September 19, 2014 2:13 pm | by Deepte Hajela, Associated Press | Comments

The expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy of the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Missouri will be reviewing the final autopsy report of a New York City man who died after being put in a police chokehold, the attorney for the man's family says.

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DNA testing sophisticated enough to exonerate Anthony Wright was not available in 1993, when a jury found him guilty of rape and murder, but it is now. And so for nine years his attorneys have pushed to see if advances in technology would support his case

DNA Tests from 1991 Rape-Murder Point to a New Suspect

September 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joseph Slobodzian and Robert Moran, Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments

DNA testing sophisticated enough to exonerate Anthony Wright was not available in 1993, when a jury found him guilty of rape and murder, but it is now. And so for nine years his attorneys have pushed to see if advances in technology would support his case.

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