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Crime Lab Robot to Help Clear Violent Cases

April 11, 2014 8:44 am | by Todd Unger, WFAA | QIAGEN | Comments

A $92,000 "robot" will soon be part of the team at the Fort Worth police crime lab. The purchase should help the department expedite processing of DNA samples for the most violent of crimes, like sexual assaults and homicides.       

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NC Crime Lab Director Says Funding Needed to Clear Backlog

April 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by WRAL | Comments

The director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, which examines evidence in criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies across the state, says he hopes lawmakers will increase funding for the lab this year to help clear the backlog of cases in need of DNA testing.

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Who are Hit Men?

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by Malcolm MacKay, The New York Times | Comments

Everyone starts as a novice, whatever your job. You bumble around, make mistakes, learn by doing. It applies in any walk of life, and the criminal industry isn’t any different. A team from Birmingham City University’s Center for Applied Criminology has carried out the first typological study of British hit men, and it starts, of course, with the novice.

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Making Fingerprints Better at Catching Criminals

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Arielle Duhaime-Ross, The Verge | Comments

Before DNA evidence took center stage, fingerprint evidence was prized above all other forms — as far as the public was concerned, prints were the cornerstone of forensic science. In many respects, they still are.           

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Brooklyn Tops Nation for Wrongful Convictions

April 10, 2014 11:38 am | by Charisma Miller, Brooklyn Daily Eagle | Comments

The recent Fleming case is emblematic of a larger problem within New York’s criminal justice system, and in particular the criminal procedure in Brooklyn.                           

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New Audio Training Facilities at CEDAR Audio

April 9, 2014 4:28 pm | by CEDAR Audio Limited | Comments

CEDAR has installed a state of the art training facility at its Cambridge (UK) headquarters. This is equipped with three fully expanded CEDAR Cambridge™ processing systems and can be used to train up to four students at a time.

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Contactless Fingerprint Technologies Assessment

April 9, 2014 4:12 pm | by Phillip Wiggin and Lars Ericson, NIJ | Comments

This report examines the initiatives in government, industry and academia aimed at pursuing contactless fingerprint collection technologies. These scanning technologies offer several advantages over current collection methods: higher quality images, faster capture times and unattended fingerprint collection.

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New Jersey High School's Own CSI Team

April 9, 2014 11:53 am | by Neighbor News | Comments

Boonton High School’s Forensics Club participated in Caldwell College’s eighth annual Crime Scene Investigation Forensic Competition on Saturday, March 22. This year, the crime was about cyber bullying, a topic relevant for the high school age competitors.

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Oregon County Considers Volunteer CSIs

April 9, 2014 11:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is understaffed and desperate for help, so they're mulling whether to turn to local volunteers to help process crime scenes.                         

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Rape Kit Testing in Louisiana

April 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Alex Woodward, Best of New Orleans | Comments

In 2010, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) hailed the arrest of Jimmie Spratt, who was charged with raping three women in New Orleans — in 1994. It took more than a decade after the crimes for law enforcement agencies to enter DNA evidence collected from rape kits into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

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Man Wrongfully Convicted in 1989 Murder is Set Free

April 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Stephanie Clifford, The New York Times | Comments

Jonathan Fleming, who was serving the 25th year of a sentence of 25 years to life after being found guilty of a 1989 murder in Brooklyn, was released after new evidence was uncovered in his case. The evidence included a receipt that established he was in Florida less than five hours before the killing.

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'Sufficiency' in Friction Ridge Examination

April 8, 2014 3:52 pm | by Cedric Neumann, Christophe Champod, Mina Yoo, Thibault Genessay and Glenn Langenburg, NIJ | Comments

This project studied the concept of sufficiency associated with the decisions made by latent print examiners at the end of the various phases of the examination process.                       

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Robot Orienteering

April 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | Comments

Re-identification is second nature for humans, but it’s difficult for computers. Researchers have developed a new algorithm that could make it much easier, by identifying the major orientations in 3D scenes.            

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Stiletto-heel Victim Might Have been Saved

April 8, 2014 12:47 pm | by Amanda Orr, Reuters | Comments

A Texas man who died after his girlfriend attacked him with her stiletto-heeled shoe might have been saved if police and medical responders at his Houston condominium had checked him for heart activity, a pathologist testified at the woman's murder trial.

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Notes Found Could Exonerate Two Convicted of Murder

April 8, 2014 12:27 pm | by Frances Robles, The New York Times | Comments

A review of homicide convictions stemming from the work of Louis Scarcella, a Brooklyn detective accused of using illegal tactics to frame suspects, has turned up a stash of old, handwritten police notes that could exonerate two men convicted of a murder in 1985.

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