Forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. About 25 statisticians worldwide work in forensics science. About 25 statisticians worldwide work in forensics science.
According to the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, a disturbing trend has been exposed involving innocent people failing polygraph examinations and then being interrogated until they confess.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences broke ground recently on the construction of its new forensic facility. The 200,000 square foot, nine-story tower is slated to be complete in early 2017 and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as integrated clinical, laboratory, administrative, public and teaching/training areas.
According to Russian authorities, in recent weeks the spice epidemic has taken 25 lives and led to 700 people seeking medical attention. Hardly a day goes by without a fresh horror story of adolescents dying from the drug.
At 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 12, Maggie Rosales, a student at Walt Whitman High School, was found dead on Lynch Street in this working-class enclave, fatally stabbed. Ten days later, the Rosales case still unsolved, protesters marched on Town Hall. They waved homemade placards, wept and invoked the memory of those killed, shot and stabbed in recent years.
Using trace evidence, such as stains, fibers, and particles, to solve crimes goes beyond finding the evidence at the crime scene. How the evidence is transferred onto another material, what evidence appears to be missing, and how conclusions are made based on the evidence are all questions that need to be answered during trace evidence analysis.
The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has four laboratories and a plethora of staff and equipment to analyze minute properties in evidence, from strands of DNA to the chemical makeup of methamphetamine. The challenge, though, is finding the time to examine the ever-growing mountain of evidence that comes in every year.
An Ohio judge ruled that TrueAllele® Casework is reliable under the Daubert admissibility standard. Judge Maureen Clancy also denied discovery of TrueAllele source code. The defendant Maurice Shaw accepted a guilty plea shortly after the Cleveland ruling.
Forensic science research goes back a long way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—more than a century. To spotlight how NIST currently serves the forensics community, the agency is hosting “Forensics@NIST 2014” on Dec. 3-4, 2014, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md.
The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will be hosting a two-day online seminar on The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Case Investigations on October 30-31 in order to answer critical questions about cold cases and what it takes to resolve them.
The fourth annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event took place during Homecoming activities in early October at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The recreated crime scene was organized by the Criminal Justice Association at UW-Platteville and was constructed at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House.
A new NIJ-funded study by the Urban Institute and Northeastern University explored patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., finding that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants.
Prosecutors have finished presenting evidence against Munawar Toha, wrapping up their case against the 67-year-old on Tuesday afternoon. A prosecution witness said a key piece of DNA evidence failed to incriminate Toha as the man who dumped his wife’s body in a lake.
Tensions are rising once again in Ferguson, Missouri as new details emerged about the Michael Brown police shooting. CNN reports new forensic evidence shows Michael Brown's blood was found on Ofc. Darren Wilson's gun, uniform, and inside the interior door panel of the officer's car.
The “CSI Effect” — it’s a real thing. It describes the effect CSI and other crime investigation shows have had on public awareness of forensic science. As the popularity of these shows rise, schools have seen an increase in the demand for undergraduate courses and graduate programs in forensic science.