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DNA from Murder Suspect Has Possible Ties to Others

March 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Shira Schoenberg, Mass Live | Comments

Preliminary DNA evidence shows a possible tie of Edwin Alemany to three of the attacks he is charged with committing, including the murder of Wilbraham native Amy Lord, according to a motion filed by Assistant District Attorney John Pappas.

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Digitizing Device to Capture Track Impression

March 12, 2014 11:19 am | by Mihran Tuceryan and Jiang Yu Zheng, NIJ | Comments

The authors built a digitizing device that scans impression evidence and generates a high-resolution 3-D surface image and a co-registered 2-D color image.                           

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Cricket Bat, Bathroom Door Demonstrated at Pistorius Trial

March 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray, Associated Press | Comments

Kneeling in court and swinging a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius' toilet door, a South African forensic analyst demonstrated Wednesday how the double-amputee athlete may have bashed the door to get to the girlfriend he had just fatally shot.

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Freedom after 30 Years on Death Row

March 11, 2014 3:43 pm | by Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic | Comments

Any exoneration is remarkable, of course. Any act of justice after decades of injustice is laudable. It is never too late to put to right a wrong. But what also is striking about this case is how weak it always was, how frequently Glenn Ford's constitutional rights were denied, and yet how determined Louisiana's judges were over decades to defend an indefensible result.

Expert Testimony Picks Apart Fire Marshal's Investigation

March 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Dylan Freeman-Grist, the Eyeopener | Comments

On March 10, fire investigator Steve Probst criticized the Ontario Fire Marshal’s investigation at the scene of Ryerson student Carina Petrache’s 2010 homicide. Probst was testifying as part of Farshad Badakhshan’s defence.       

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Chemist Wins Forensic Science Award

March 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Maryland Gazette | Comments

Michael Smith, a supervisory chemist at Fort George G. Meade's Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory, was presented a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.               

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Testing Rape Kit Backlog Identified 100 Serial Rapists

March 11, 2014 12:32 pm | by Gus Burns, MLive | Comments

In 2009, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy learned that the Detroit Crime Lab had over 11,000 rape kits, some decades old, sitting idly in a warehouse.                            

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Development of a Sampling System to Stabilize Ignitable Liquid Residues in Fire Debris

March 11, 2014 11:04 am | by Dee Turner, John Pichtel, John McKillip, and John Goodpaster, NIJ | Comments

This project explored two approaches to preventing the microbial degradation of ignitable liquid residues in soil samples collected at fire scenes.                             

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Men with Stolen Passports on Jet 'not terrorists'

March 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Chris Brummitt and Tran Van Mihn, Associated Press | Comments

Two men traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner were Iranians who had bought tickets to Europe and were probably not terrorists, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.              

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400,000 Rape Kit Backlog

March 10, 2014 5:02 pm | by Nora Caplan-Bricker, New Republic | Comments

According to the Department of Justice, some 400,000 “rape kits” are languishing in evidence lockers across the country because local authorities can’t afford to process them. Now the evidence might finally make its way to prosecutors.    

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Investigators Chase 'Every Angle' in Missing Jet

March 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Eileen NG and Jill Gomez, Associated Press | Comments

Rescue helicopters and ships searching for a Malaysia Airlines jet rushed Monday to investigate a yellow object that looked like a life raft. It turned out to be moss-covered trash floating in the ocean, once again dashing hopes after more than two days of fruitless search for the plane that disappeared en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.

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Crime Scene DNA No Match for Woman Convicted Of 1976 Murder

March 10, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Moye, The Huffington Post | Comments

A woman convicted of the 1976 murder of a University of Nevada-Reno college student may get a new chance at freedom thanks to a new test of DNA found at the crime scene.                       

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Crime Lab Humming after Years Of Disarray

March 10, 2014 12:10 pm | by Josh Kovner, The Hartford Courant | Comments

It's been a while since the folks at the Connecticut state crime lab were free enough from mismanagement and staggering backlogs to start to focus on the science again.                       

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Old Crimes Can't Elude New DNA Science

March 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Shannon Prather, Star Tribune | Comments

Minneapolis police and Hennepin County investigators and prosecutors — armed with scientific advances that now allow the most minute traces of evidence to be tested — are pursuing cases with new vigor.              

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Advanced Raman Spectroscopy Methods for Evaluation of Trace Evidence - Phase II

March 10, 2014 11:36 am | by John Lombardi, Marco Leona, Patrick Buzzini, and Philip Antoci, NIJ | Comments

The goal of this research was to enhance the use of Raman spectroscopy and nondestructive surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) analysis techniques to evaluate trace evidence and examine questioned documents.           

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