A new report by biometric researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology uses data from thousands of frequent travelers enrolled in an iris recognition program to determine that no consistent change occurs in the distinguishing texture of their irises for at least a decade.
Governor Deval Patrick’s administration believes that the criminal cases of 40,323 people may have been tainted by the actions of alleged rogue drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan and the management failures at the now-closed Department of Public Health lab where she worked.
Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz’s office has been conducting about double the number of autopsies per forensic pathologist as a national accreditation group recommends. Concerned that Spitz might be overextending himself, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners took the unusual step last month of subpoenaing the medical examiner.
A woman screamed and then there was silence, according to South African prosecutors pressing a premeditated murder case against Oscar Pistorius. Next, the indictment says, witnesses heard gunshots and more screaming at the home of the Paralympic champion, who says he shot his girlfriend by mistake on Valentine's Day.
Discovered on the victim’s lower back, a bite mark was used by prosecutors at Gerard Richardson’s trial to claim he was responsible for the 1994 killing of an Elizabeth woman in Somerset County. In the years since his conviction in 1995, Richardson has turned to DNA testing to try to prove his innocence.
The FORESIGHT Project is a business-guided self-evaluation of forensic science laboratories with participating laboratories representing metropolitan, regional, provincial, and federal agencies. Business faculty and participating laboratories have joined forces to standardize metric definitions for evaluation of work processes.
It is one of the most recognizable tools of police investigations: the shaded and unsmiling face of a potential suspect on a flier. Yet around the nation, the police sketch can look like a dying art. But not so in New York City.
In Texas there have been 54 exonerations based on DNA test results, including those of two inmates on death row, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Lawmakers this year approved Senate Bill 1292 requiring DNA analysis of all biological evidence in death penalty cases.
Blood work is often the prized piece of evidence in a DWI case. That's why prosecutors and even defense attorneys all over North Carolina are frustrated with the State Crime Lab's 10,000 toxicology case backlog. It's taking more than a year, in some cases, to get results back.
Determining the temporal aspect of a crime is particularly problematic for investigators and is still a major gap in forensic science. The University of Huddersfield is hosting a two-day, multi-disciplined conference which brings together an array of experts with the aim of demonstrating the latest developments in the field of forensic and related sciences.
Fourteen new positions and new equipment for the New York State Toxicology Lab were recently paid for with more than $2 million worth of grants from Governor Cuomo's Traffic Safety Committee. The lab tests about 3,000 samples from across the state every year.
DNA-based familial search may misidentify distant relatives of known offenders as close relatives. Familial searches can reliably distinguish first-degree relatives from unrelated individuals, but may misidentify distant relatives as being immediate family, according to new research.
NIJ sponsors research and development efforts that are strengthening the scientific foundations of various forensic disciplines. The projects range from laboratory automation efforts to research on precise measurements of the human body that can help identify people.
A day after forensic equipment was used on the scenes of a pair of shootings in Baltimore County, the county police department's most technologically advanced equipment was on display at an event marking National Forensic Science Week. Three pieces of equipment were on display at the event, which was held on the top floor of Baltimore County's Public Safety Building.
Forensic experts testified in graphic detail how soldiers suffered when they were shot by an army psychiatrist who has admitted opening fire at a Texas military base in 2009 because he switched sides in what he considered a U.S. war on Islam.