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Although some experts say that experienced forensic pathologists should have no trouble conducting an accurate second — or even third — autopsy, it’s unlikely that the subsequent examinations would uncover substantial differences in fact.

Shawn Parcells' Forensic Expertise Examined

December 3, 2014 4:34 am | Comments

Over the holiday weekend, CNN aired a pretty hard-hitting investigation of Shawn Parcells, the man who has become something of a cable news celebrity after assisting in an autopsy on Michael Brown.

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DE Forensic Oversight Committee Meets

December 2, 2014 10:53 am | Comments

Delaware's new chief medical examiner is getting some face time with the state panel that oversees his newly created division. Dr. Gary Collins will be introduced Tuesday at a meeting of the state Commission on Forensic Science.

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 A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.

VA Crime Lab Discontinues Services

December 2, 2014 10:50 am | Comments

As of Monday, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science is no longer performing several kinds of trace evidence examinations, prompting concern from police. The department said the move, which will affect some examinations of gunshot residue, hair, fiber and other evidence, is the result of required budget cuts.

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At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime   labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of   chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence   used in crimina

Forensic Toxicology Labs Called into Question

December 2, 2014 10:46 am | Comments

At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence used in criminal cases, and have resulted in hundreds convictions being overturned. 

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Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.

Watson to Auction His Nobel Prize for DNA Discovery

December 2, 2014 10:40 am | Comments

You may never actually win a Nobel Prize, but that doesn't mean you can't take one these prestigious awards home with you. Next week, the Nobel Prize gold medal that was awarded to James Watson in 1962 for the discovery of the twisted-ladder structure of DNA hits the auction block in New York City.

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Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist.

New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development

December 1, 2014 1:18 pm | by Rutgers University | Comments

Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist. The research is focused on finding a way to more accurately analyze DNA evidence at a crime scene.

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 British forensics experts are working with Mexican parents-turned-investigators whose children have disappeared to create the first independent database of the country's thousands of missing.

British Forensic Experts Help to Create Database of Disappeared

December 1, 2014 1:08 pm | by Nina Lakhani, The Telegraph | Comments

British forensics experts are working with Mexican parents-turned-investigators whose children have disappeared to create the first independent database of the country's thousands of missing.                  

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At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime   labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of   chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence   used in crimina

Questions of Reform after Forensic Failures at US Labs

December 1, 2014 12:40 pm | by Rebecca Trager, Chemistry World | Comments

At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence used in criminal cases, and have resulted in hundreds convictions being overturned. And this malpractice had led critics to ask a bigger question. Is something rotten at the heart of US forensic science?

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Va Budget Cuts Hit Forensic Lab Analysis of Trace Evidence

December 1, 2014 12:27 pm | by Don Rush, Associated Press | Comments

Budget cuts have prompted the Virginia Department of Forensic Science to reduce its analysis of gunshot residue and several other kinds of trace evidence.                           

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Forensic experts launched a high-tech search Monday for the unmarked grave of a man killed and secretly buried by the Irish Republican Army, one of more than a dozen such victims who disappeared without trace decades ago.

Forensic Experts Seek Unmarked Irish Grave of IRA Victim

December 1, 2014 12:07 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | Comments

Forensic experts launched a high-tech search Monday for the unmarked grave of a man killed and secretly buried by the Irish Republican Army, one of more than a dozen such victims who disappeared without trace decades ago.        

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Canadian Police Solve Fingerprinting Dilemma

November 26, 2014 6:01 am | Comments

When the Bank of Canada started making the switch a few years ago from paper currency to the smoother polymer bills, it touted the upgrade as a way to stay ahead of counterfeiters. But the change also meant that Canada's crime fighters had to come up with a new method for lifting fingerprints off of them since the traditional "wet chemistry" method used on the old paper bills no longer worked on the new ones.

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ME's Memoirs Debunk CSI Myths

November 26, 2014 5:49 am | Comments

Dr. Judy Melinek can’t watch “CSI,” “Bones” and the myriad other medical examiner (ME) shows that have exploded on to television, she writes in her new memoir, “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” (Scribner), which she penned, in part, to debunk myths about her profession. 

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A Silicon Valley startup says that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.

DA Fitzpatrick Analyzes Ferguson Forensic Evidence

November 26, 2014 5:42 am | Comments

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick offered his analysis today on a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo. police officer in the death of an unarmed man, Michael Brown.

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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

ME in Ferguson Case Didn't Photograph Scene

November 26, 2014 5:00 am | Comments

Before the grand jury made the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing African-American teenager Michael Brown, they heard testimony from around 60 witnesses, including Wilson. Of those 60, three were medical examiners; many of the details known about the moments after Brown’s death came from the only examiner that witnessed the crime scene.

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Pushing Forward the Cutting Edge of Research

November 25, 2014 4:48 am | Comments

Since 2012, NIJ has issued six Challenges to scientists, inventors and innovators to help solve criminal justice problems. From developing a new way to test body armor to visualizing criminal justice data, these competitions are helping to bridge gaps between practitioners, researchers and technology companies.

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