Daniel Garner was ready to drift quietly into retirement after decades on the forefront in the field of forensic science. Just months into his retirement, Garner was lured back to work as director of the Houston Forensic Science Center, the reincarnation of the once-beleaguered Houston Police Department crime lab.
DNA evidence for solving crimes can be very helpful, but it has it’s drawbacks. One of them is the time law enforcement agencies wait for their samples to be processed. Wisconsin’s Department of Justice made it a priority years ago to cut down the backlog at the state’s crime lab. Now, many more types of cases are using DNA evidence.
Matthew McPhail, a police officer and crime analyst for the Sacramento Police Department, is assigned to crime analysis, which includes studying crimes that are occurring in the city; deciphering which locations are experiencing higher rates of crime; determining where police officers need to be stationed to help prevent crime; and developing strategies to prevent future crimes.
In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing showmen and dangerous (sometimes fatal) research.
A research team from the University of South Florida has identified two sets of remains recovered from unmarked graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys site in Marianna, Florida.
For the first time ever, mitochondrial DNA from shed cat hair was accepted as evidence in a U.S. legal proceeding and helped to convict a suspect of murder.
The fiery explosion of a homemade bomb killed a man in downtown Santiago, officials said, adding to a string of blasts in Chile's capital. Prosecutor Claudio Orellana initially said the man was handling the bomb when it exploded about 1 a.m., but he later opened the possibility that the man was a bystander. Witnesses posted online photos of the man in flames before he was taken to an emergency clinic where he died.
Seeking to expand the nation’s capability to detect and identify materials that are not easily visualized by conventional imaging technologies, DARPA has released an announcement inviting proposals to develop portable, next-generation imaging tools that combine the complementary benefits of X-ray and neutron radiography.
Senior criminal justice major Andrea Marmorato set her sights on law enforcement at an early age and took action to make her dreams a reality. During the summer, Marmorato worked side-by-side with K-9 units during training and actual operations in the field, sometimes serving as the “decoy” for the dogs to find.
The Brooklyn courtroom was alive with anticipation on Wednesday, awaiting a retired detective who was about to testify under oath for the first time since his work in dozens of criminal prosecutions had come under sharp scrutiny.
The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report.
The Justice Department has submitted a “statement of interest” in a case filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP aimed at overhauling the state’s public defense system and slated to go to trial on October 7.
A proposal for Douglas County and the City of Omaha to share some crime lab services cleared its first hurdle. With no discussion, the County Board approved a five-year shared services agreement that calls for more cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Omaha Police Department.
Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms, new research shows.