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Mom's Trial for '91 Killing Highlights Cold Case Challenges

February 23, 2016 9:53 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | Comments

An anonymous tip that went nowhere and a 25-year-old blanket could be responsible for solving one of New Jersey's most enduring murder mysteries — was 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey killed by his own mother?

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Justice Scalia's Unexamined Death Points to a Problem

February 22, 2016 10:25 am | by Judy Melinek, CNN | Comments

When my husband called and told me the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, the first question that came out of my mouth was, "Where?"

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Encryption Isn't at Stake, the FBI Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key

February 22, 2016 10:12 am | by Peter Bright, Ars Technica | Comments

Whether you call it a "backdoor" or not, it's important to recognize that the ordered changes to the iPhone operating system would not circumvent the core of the iPhone's encryption.

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NYC Doctor Says She Lost Job after Questioning DNA Technique

February 19, 2016 12:30 pm | by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press | Comments

A doctor who says she was forced out of her job at the medical examiner's office after raising questions about the city's use of a disputed technique for analyzing trace samples of DNA.

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Authorities Reveal DNA Identification Process for Bodies Found Near Border

February 18, 2016 12:42 pm | by KRGV.com | Comments

Brooks County is still rebounding from the days when the county nearly went broke, recovering unidentified remains.

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The DNA Way Home

February 18, 2016 12:35 pm | by Jeff Baillon, Fox 9 | Comments

A Minnesota family has been waiting more than 70 years to solve a mystery, dating back to World War II. Now, new DNA and an exhumation might just bring a family member home.

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Rape DNA Testing Delay Shouldn't Affect Charges

February 17, 2016 12:25 pm | by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Asociated Press | Comments

Prosecutors and advocates for rape victims are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate charges against a Cleveland man accused of attacking a woman in 1993.

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Texas 1st State to Recommend Court Ban on Bite Mark Evidence

February 16, 2016 1:15 pm | by Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press | Comments

Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S.

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Couple Sues State Over Mishandled Evidence

February 16, 2016 12:31 pm | by Craig Anderson, Delaware State News | Comments

Court documents stated that while the medical examiner’s controlled substances laboratory initially had deemed a powdery substance found in Mr. Dollard’s car during a June 13, 2012, traffic stop to be cocaine, a retest in November 2014 showed the bricks held in evidence were powdered sugar.

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'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Trial to Begin

February 16, 2016 12:26 pm | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | Comments

More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial on Tuesday.

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Can You Tell Your Ethnic Identity From Your DNA?

February 12, 2016 12:51 pm | by Alva Noe, NPR | Comments

The answer as to whether a DNA test can tell you your ethnic identity? Yes — and no.

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Internet of Things to be Used as Spy Tool by Governments

February 11, 2016 12:51 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, told lawmakers that governments across the globe are likely to employ the IoT as a spy tool.

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Firearms in the Evidence Room

February 11, 2016 12:19 pm | by CaseGuard | Comments

Firearms can be one of the most difficult types of evidence you’ll ever have to handle as an evidence technician. Not only are there obvious safety concerns, they can be ridiculously difficult to dispose when the time comes

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Ferguson Mayor: City Is Willing to Challenge Feds in Court

February 10, 2016 1:10 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

If the Justice Department does not go along with the changes, a civil rights lawsuit is possible, potentially costing Ferguson millions of dollars in legal fees.

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No New Trial After Judge Mistakenly Declares Mistrial

February 10, 2016 1:06 pm | by Kate Drumback, AP | Comments

A woman pleaded with the Georgia Supreme Court not to let the man accused of killing her mother go free because of a judge's mistake during his murder trial.

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