Chris Bily is an instructional coordinator with West Virginia University's Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative, which is offering free workshops to middle and high school students. The day-long workshops in WVU's Crime Scene Complex put students through a realistic set of paces when it comes to Fingerprints, Footwear impression evidence, Firearm identification and Bloodstain pattern analysis.
Japan and the United States signed an agreement on February 7 to provide each other with fingerprints and criminal records of crime suspects. The two sides said the arrangement was intended to help solve serious criminal cases and curb terrorist threats.
Law enforcement is dominated by men. Science is also dominated by men, who tend to collect higher degrees and higher salaries than women. By all accounts, forensic science — the marriage of the two — should be the same. Instead, more women are finding jobs, filling classrooms and creating careers for themselves in the field. In places like Torrance, Calif., they're not just catching up to their male counterparts, they're outpacing them.
The destruction of evidence ordered in the case of the rape and killing of an expectant mother was likely justified by harm that could occur if the material became public, according to legal experts. That's despite a move toward preserving more evidence as a possible tool for exoneration, especially involving DNA.
Police officers testified Friday that a Georgia teen died almost immediately after a Florida man fired repeatedly into his vehicle following an argument over loud music outside a convenience store.
DNA evidence from a 40-year-old murder led police to charge a former furniture mover, already convicted of rape in California, for the murder of Eileen Ferro.
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Two days of painstakingly detailed testimony about DNA analysis have brought the 20-year-old case against death row inmate Hank Skinner closer to resolution.
Forensics has long been considered an applied rather than a scholarly field — and without an adequate research base, many forensic testing methods lack proper scientific validation. Fortunately, following the release of a 2009 National Academy of Sciences Report that brought these issues to light, there has been an interest in increasing federal funding for forensic science research.
As Americans have grown increasingly comfortable with traditional surveillance cameras, a new, far more powerful generation is being quietly deployed that can track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a small city, for several hours at a time.
Little more than a month after sweeping into office amid promises to restore justice to the wrongfully convicted, Kenneth Thompson is confronting the possibility that the barrage of killings that battered Brooklyn in the drug-plagued 1980s and early 1990s bred a wave of wrongful convictions that could dwarf other exoneration scandals.
This summary outlines the most significant technological aspects of FTCoE projects, milestones, and achievements during the period, January 1, 2012-November 13, 2013. During this performance period, the FTCoE evaluated 8 new technologies; sponsored 6 technology‐transfer events, including 2 hands‐on workshops; supported outreach for 42 events; and made 19 presentations on forensic technology to the forensic science community.
The US Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have now created the first US national commission on forensic science. The panel of 37 scientists, lawyers, forensics practitioners and law-enforcement officials met for the first time this week in Washington DC, and aims to advise on government policies such as training and certification standards.
Criminal justice agencies are making greater use of DNA to solve crimes. Forensic labs cite several reasons for the increased interest in DNA as a crime-solving tool. One is that protocols have been developed for processing DNA more efficiently.
A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was scheduled to be executed Wednesday in a rare case of a female death-row inmate.