2014 was a banner year for DNA cases. In the wake of Maryland v. King — the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case upholding warrantless, suspicionless DNA collection from arrestees under Maryland state law — the constitutionality of DNA collection in the criminal context has continued to present challenging issues for courts.
Australian forensic experts helped identify four more victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 as Indonesian divers located more parts of the crashed passenger jet in the Java Sea.
The materials that an online crime scene investigation certificate student receives in the mail are a little, shall we say, “different” than your average textbook. Though, yes, they receive a textbook, the Columbia College students also receive a supply kit that could include magnetic powder, spatter blood, Bio-Foam blocks, QuickLIFT tape strips, brushes and disposable gloves among other items.
Bitstamp, one of the largest exchanges for trading the digital bitcoin currency, said it has temporarily suspended service after "some" of its "operational wallets were compromised" on Sunday, resulting in loss of about 19,000 bitcoins.
On Monday, a federal judge in Nebraska sentenced the former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services to 25 years in prison on child porn charges.
In late November, a court case in Calgary, Canada, set an unusual record. Lawyers representing a personal trainer injured in an accident were the first to wield data from a wearable device in the courtroom. They planned to use the sluggish activity levels recorded by their client's Fitbit fitness tracker to prove the lasting effect of her accident.
Here are three things to know about new U.S. sanctions against North Korea over a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, whose movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader has infuriated Pyongyang, which denies responsibility for the cyber attack.
A prank call sent a large number of Portland police officers to a Southwest Portland home late Friday night.
Firearms-related deaths of law enforcement officials in the US increased 56 percent in 2014 over the prior year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has concluded. About one-third of the deaths were a result of an ambush, the fund said.
Even the most straightforward arrest is built upon an incredibly complex foundation: the moment the handcuffs go on is the moment some of our society’s most hotly contested ideas about justice, security, and liberty are brought to bear on an individual. It’s also a moment that’s poised to change dramatically, as law-enforcement agencies around the country adopt new technology.
The University of North Dakota is offering an NIJ-funded training series on Death Investigation for American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), coroners, law enforcement or physicians.
Forensic testing by the Illinois State Police of evidence in post-conviction cases is hampered by outdated procedures at state laboratories, charges an expert working with the defense in the 1991 Donald Whalen murder case.
People who lost loved ones or were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are searching for justice as jury selection gets underway in one of the nation's most closely watched federal death penalty cases in two decades.
Like she does every year, Sister Helen Cole spent the last days of December overseeing a vigil for each person slain in Camden. For 2014, she lit 32 candles for 32 victims. In an impoverished city of 77,000, that represents an astounding homicide rate — about nine times the national average. But in Camden, a place with a long history of violence, it represents progress.
Murders in New York fell to 328 in 2014, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable numbers in 1963, the New York Times reported on Thursday.