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Opening the Black Box of NIBIN

July 9, 2014 8:42 am | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s next Research for the Real World seminar examines the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program with which firearms examiners are able to compare fired bullets or cartridges from a crime scene with digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.

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ASU Researchers Hope Microbes Will Help Solve Homicides

July 8, 2014 4:57 pm | by Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser | Comments

One day soon, microorganisms in a body may help homicide investigators determine a more exact time of death. A team of researchers at Alabama State University are taking a closer look at what happens to microbial cells after humans die.   

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Legal Marijuana Goes On Sale in Washington

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.          

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Scientists Unravel Historic Deadwood Mystery

July 8, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Griffith, Associated Press | Comments

Historic preservation officials are using the latest in forensic science to unravel the mystery of a young pioneer prospector buried in a forgotten grave 140 years ago and discovered by construction crews in the Deadwood's Presidential neighborhood in 2012.

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Law Enforcement Agency Match Game

July 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Natalie Allison Janicello, Times-News | Comments

A year and a half ago, a group of law enforcement agencies seemed finally to have found a solution for faster DNA testing, given their backlog of cases waiting on test results. But just before the proposal was set in motion, the owner of DNA:SI in Burlington passed away. Now, after more than another year passing of unsolved break-ins and other property crimes, some of those agencies have found an alternative.

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European Arson Investigators to Get Help from Forensic Science Center

July 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Univ. of Central Florida | Comments

The University of Central Florida is home to one of the richest resources for arson investigators in the nation, and starting next year the university will also be a resource for European investigators.             

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Meadow Valley Forensic Dig Yet to Begin

July 7, 2014 9:33 am | Comments

A forensic excavation in Meadow Valley, California, will begin later and cost more money than originally expected. The project, spearheaded by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, entails digging up an old well to search for possible human remains.

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NC OKs Remote Testimony

July 7, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

North Carolina House lawmakers gave final approval to a measure that would allow State Crime Lab analysts to testify via videoconferencing, but the bill includes no money to pay for the technology. Senate Bill 594 is a criminal justice omnibus that contains more than a dozen provisions making changes in areas from illegally carried concealed weapons to graffiti. 

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Video Shows Pistorius Reenacting Steenkamp Murder

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | Comments

Video footage of Olympic paralympian Oscar Pistorius reenacting the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp has emerged. The video released by Australia’s Channel 7 shows Pistorius - wearing a green Nike vest and black running shorts - running awkwardly without his prostheses, with his right arm stretched out and his hand clenched as if holding a gun.

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DNA Evidence Disregarded

July 7, 2014 9:11 am | Comments

It's become the last, best hope of people charged with a crime: a DNA test that proves police have the wrong guy. Tell that to Antwon Watkins. The 16-year-old South Philadelphia High School junior was found guilty of simple assault by a Philadelphia Family Court judge April 28 despite negative DNA results, alibi witnesses, school attendance records, and having no prior arrests.

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A Partnership For the Fallen

July 7, 2014 2:20 am | by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene | Comments

Rosa Delia Guerro Lopez never joined the military, but now she wishes she had. Hollywood depictions of Soldiers cleaning floors with toothbrushes convinced young Guerro Lopez, now 42, and a pathology technician at the Institute of Forensic Sciences, San Juan, Puerto Rico, that the military was not the place for her. She associated the armed forces with conflict and knew nothing of benefits like free education.

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Sam Sheppard's Murder Case Files and Exhibits are Online

July 2, 2014 4:56 pm | by Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer | Comments

Sam Sheppard's murder case documents, including trial transcripts, police investigations and coroner reports, are now online — and sure to draw interest in a case that continues to captivate the nation. Days before the 60th anniversary of Marilyn Sheppard's brutal death, Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library has launched a public website.  

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Paint Evidence and the Forensic Laboratory

July 2, 2014 4:24 pm | by NIJ | Comments

West Virginia University is offering a Paint Evidence and the Forensic Laboratory course on July 8-10, 2014. Learn more about how paint evidence can be analyzed in the lab with polarizing light microscopy, FTIR, XRF and Raman. The course will include hands-on experience using each of these techniques.

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Hurdles Remain for Police Use of License Plate Readers

July 2, 2014 3:16 pm | by Rand Corporation | Comments

Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

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Phoenix Police Bring Crime Mapping to Public

July 2, 2014 2:22 pm | by Connor Wince, The Arizona Republic | Comments

The Phoenix Police Department is now sharing crime data with the community in a simpler way. The department has partnered with Regional Analysis Information Sharing, otherwise known as RAIDS, and rolled out the long-awaited program for the public and its officers.

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