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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

Rapid DNA Helps Make Arrest

August 7, 2014 10:15 am | Comments

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says a new DNA technology tool helped his department make an arrest in an attempted murder case. Lott spoke Wednesday about the investigation, which he says was solved in part with the agency's recently acquired rapid DNA system.

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Crime Lab Scandal Could Taint Many Cases

August 6, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

Drugs disappearing in dozens of cases are only one piece of a scandal that could shake South Florida law enforcement to its core. Investigations continue into the full breadth of the problems at the Broward Crime Lab.           

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Smart Glass Could Analyze DNA

August 6, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

Recently, Corning Incorporated, together with Polytechnique Montreal, is developing a type of smart glass mainly used as the touchscreen of the smartphone, which can detect people's physical condition and can even analyze the user's DNA through reading the spit on the surface of the smart glass. Besides, this smart glass can also detect the composition of the atmosphere. 

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With new DNA evidence in hand, a divided Florida Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and conviction of a man found guilty nearly three decades ago of strangling a woman in Hernando County, Fla.

Man Cleared by DNA Evidence Sues Police

August 6, 2014 10:31 am | Comments

A Long Island man who spent nearly 18 years in prison before his conviction for killing his wife in 1994 was overturned by new DNA evidence has filed state and federal lawsuits against the Vermont police and prosecutors who built the case.

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A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.

Authorities Make an Arrest Two Decades After Killings

August 6, 2014 10:26 am | Comments

Two decades later, forensic work by the Suffolk County Police Department, along with changes to DNA collection procedures, have brought some long-delayed relief to family and friends: John Bittrolff, 48, a carpenter and married father of two from nearby Manorville, was arrested last month on charges of murdering Ms. McNamee and Ms. Tangredi.

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Short-cut Analysis Could Cut Rape Kit Backlog

August 5, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

There may be a shortcut in rape investigations that would capture valuable DNA evidence while cutting costs and getting Utah law enforcement agencies out of the bind of backlogged forensic evidence in rape cases. It looks to be one of the most significant developments to come out of "passionate" discussions between members of an ad hoc group seeking solutions to unanalyzed rape kits.

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Long Wait For DNA Testing Hearing

August 5, 2014 10:38 am | Comments

Fifteen months is a long time to wait for a hearing date on whether forensic testing should be conducted on evidence, say lawyers for a Bloomington man serving life in prison for a murder he claims he did not commit. Advocates for Jamie Snow say they are hopeful the appointment of a new judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit will mean progress in Snow's efforts to argue his innocence.

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Appellate Court Upholds Conviction in Burglary DNA Case

August 5, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Maryland's second highest court has upheld the conviction of a Glen Burnie man who was charged with a burglary based on a DNA sample he gave in an unrelated case. George Varriale appealed his conviction saying investigators exceeded the bounds of his consent.   

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Hired Killer Seeks DNA Tests

August 4, 2014 8:45 am | Comments

Nearly five years after he was sentenced to 100 years in prison for his role in a Muncie woman’s 1993 slaying, Jess David Woods wants to have DNA testing done on materials he claims were recovered during his victim’s autopsy. Last week, Woods’ attorney, Eric Koselke of Indianapolis, filed a “motion to release evidence.”

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Was Your Home a Crime Scene?

August 4, 2014 8:10 am | Comments

Two brothers have created a new website called housecreep.com to help you find out if your house has been the scene of a crime. The online list includes 20,000 homes and apartments across North America including more than 2,000 in Chicago and 157 properties in Louisville.  

To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

Study on Expansion of OK DNA Database Set

August 4, 2014 7:47 am | by Tim Talley, Associated Press | Comments

An Oklahoma lawmaker who has unsuccessfully worked to require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA plans to conduct a legislative study on the issue. The legislative study before members of the House Public Safety Committee, tentatively set for mid-October, will explore whether there is consensus for obtaining DNA samples at any point prior to conviction.     

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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson have announced that the complete catalog of the Medical Examiner’s Statistical Report is available online – totaling more than 60 reports.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Expands Access to Statistical Reports Online

July 31, 2014 4:24 pm | by Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner | Comments

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson have announced that the complete catalog of the Medical Examiner’s Statistical Report is available online — totaling more than 60 reports.     

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The world’s most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra, the “fingerprints” of molecules, has undergone a major expansion, according to its managers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Latest NIST Mass Spectral Library: Expanded Coverage, Features

July 31, 2014 3:59 pm | by NIST | Comments

The world’s most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra, the “fingerprints” of molecules, has undergone a major expansion, according to its managers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).     

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Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels.

Investigators Reach Ukraine Jet Wreckage Site

July 31, 2014 3:46 pm | by Mstyslav Chernov, Associated Press | Comments

Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels. For the families of the victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still rotting in the fields and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy.

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Rebecca Myers’ toxicology results will be included in her upcoming trial. In a written ruling, Judge James DeWeese denied Myers’ motion to have the toxicology results — which show she was driving with marijuana metabolites in her system — thrown out of th

Judge OKs Toxicology Evidence in Fatal Hit-skip Case

July 31, 2014 12:51 pm | by Kaitlin Durbin, Mansfield News Journal | Comments

Rebecca Myers’ toxicology results will be included in her upcoming trial. In a written ruling, Judge James DeWeese denied Myers’ motion to have the toxicology results — which show she was driving with marijuana metabolites in her system — thrown out of the case.

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