A $92,000 "robot" will soon be part of the team at the Fort Worth police crime lab. The purchase should help the department expedite processing of DNA samples for the most violent of crimes, like sexual assaults and homicides.
The director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, which examines evidence in criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies across the state, says he hopes lawmakers will increase funding for the lab this year to help clear the backlog of cases in need of DNA testing.
Everyone starts as a novice, whatever your job. You bumble around, make mistakes, learn by doing. It applies in any walk of life, and the criminal industry isn’t any different. A team from Birmingham City University’s Center for Applied Criminology has carried out the first typological study of British hit men, and it starts, of course, with the novice.
Before DNA evidence took center stage, fingerprint evidence was prized above all other forms — as far as the public was concerned, prints were the cornerstone of forensic science. In many respects, they still are.
The recent Fleming case is emblematic of a larger problem within New York’s criminal justice system, and in particular the criminal procedure in Brooklyn.
CEDAR has installed a state of the art training facility at its Cambridge (UK) headquarters. This is equipped with three fully expanded CEDAR Cambridge™ processing systems and can be used to train up to four students at a time.
This report examines the initiatives in government, industry and academia aimed at pursuing contactless fingerprint collection technologies. These scanning technologies offer several advantages over current collection methods: higher quality images, faster capture times and unattended fingerprint collection.
Boonton High School’s Forensics Club participated in Caldwell College’s eighth annual Crime Scene Investigation Forensic Competition on Saturday, March 22. This year, the crime was about cyber bullying, a topic relevant for the high school age competitors.
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is understaffed and desperate for help, so they're mulling whether to turn to local volunteers to help process crime scenes.
In 2010, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) hailed the arrest of Jimmie Spratt, who was charged with raping three women in New Orleans — in 1994. It took more than a decade after the crimes for law enforcement agencies to enter DNA evidence collected from rape kits into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Jonathan Fleming, who was serving the 25th year of a sentence of 25 years to life after being found guilty of a 1989 murder in Brooklyn, was released after new evidence was uncovered in his case. The evidence included a receipt that established he was in Florida less than five hours before the killing.
This project studied the concept of sufficiency associated with the decisions made by latent print examiners at the end of the various phases of the examination process.
Re-identification is second nature for humans, but it’s difficult for computers. Researchers have developed a new algorithm that could make it much easier, by identifying the major orientations in 3D scenes.
A Texas man who died after his girlfriend attacked him with her stiletto-heeled shoe might have been saved if police and medical responders at his Houston condominium had checked him for heart activity, a pathologist testified at the woman's murder trial.
A review of homicide convictions stemming from the work of Louis Scarcella, a Brooklyn detective accused of using illegal tactics to frame suspects, has turned up a stash of old, handwritten police notes that could exonerate two men convicted of a murder in 1985.