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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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Wyoming House Throws Hurdle in Front of Exonerated Man

March 7, 2014 11:59 am | by Kyle Roerink, Star-Tribune | Comments

Andrew Johnson may have to go back to court if he wants the state to compensate him for the 23 years he wrongfully spent behind bars.                                 

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Vice President Promotes $35M Proposal to Test Rape Kits

March 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden recently promoted President Barack Obama's request for $35 million to help test more rape kits, saying it will help fight crime.                           

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California Store's Sale of Smart Guns Prompts Backlash

March 7, 2014 11:26 am | by Michael Rosenwald, The Washington Post | Comments

The California gun store that put the nation’s first smart gun on sale is facing a furious backlash from customers and gun rights advocates who fear the new technology will encroach on their Second Amendment rights if it becomes mandated.

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Slaying May be Linked to Other Viginia Deaths

March 7, 2014 11:14 am | by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press | Comments

The slaying last month of an Alexandria woman who was shot when she opened her front door appears to be linked to two other unsolved killings in the city, police say, leaving residents fearful and wondering if an unknown killer has been striking their community for years.

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Investigators Use Pittsburgh Company to Examine DNA in Wolfe Sisters' Deaths

March 7, 2014 10:42 am | by Jonathan Silver and Liz Navratil, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Comments

After using video cameras to track the movements of Allen Wade Jr. in the hours after police believe he killed two sisters in East Liberty, investigators are now working on a number of fronts to bolster their case on the microscopic level.

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