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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.

Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

October 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by South Dakota State Univ. | Comments

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.

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According to the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts (NACVSA), a disturbing trend has been exposed involving innocent people failing polygraph examinations and then being interrogated until they confess.

NACVSA Exposes Inaccuracies of Polygraph Tests

October 27, 2014 1:27 pm | by NACVSA | Comments

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.           

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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

Harris County Institute Breaks Ground on New Forensic Facility

October 27, 2014 1:11 pm | by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences | Comments

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.

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Synthetic Marijuana Use Growing Problem in Russia

October 24, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

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. 

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Unsolved Murders Taken as Sign that Minority Victims Don't Matter

October 24, 2014 9:20 am | Comments

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. 

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Making Decisions When Using Trace Evidence

October 24, 2014 8:42 am | Comments

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.  

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Scores of pending criminal cases and past convictions could be in jeopardy

Backlogs Plague VA State Labs

October 24, 2014 8:28 am | Comments

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.

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DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

TrueAllele Casework Ruled Admissible in Ohio Daubert Challenge

October 23, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

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.

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Symposium Showcases Forensics at NIST

October 23, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

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.  

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

Live Two-Day Seminar on Cold Case Investigations

October 23, 2014 9:42 am | Comments

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.

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UW-Platteville ‘Goes Hollywood’ with Recreated Crime Scene

October 23, 2014 9:38 am | by Shelby Le Duc and Dan Wackershauser | Comments

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.

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Report Suggests Improvements for Trafficking Investigations

October 22, 2014 10:23 am | Comments

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.

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

DNA Evidence Fails to Incriminate Toha

October 22, 2014 10:14 am | Comments

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.

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An expert in crime scene investigations told a jury that evidence in the slaying of a young Stow woman showed that a “blood-shedding event” occurred inside the bedroom of defendant Roxanne Buck, and an attempt was made to clean it up.

New Forensic Evidence in Ferguson Shooting Case

October 22, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

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.

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The CSI Effect

October 21, 2014 6:04 am | Comments

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.

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