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New Digs, New Equipment for Digital Forensic Team

March 17, 2014 11:38 am | by Michelle Hunter, The Times-Picayune | Comments

The team tasked with refining crime scene videos and combing through computers and cell phones for evidence in Jefferson Parish, La., criminal investigations has a new home and new equipment.                 

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SXSW Drunk Driver Suspect Turns Festival into Crime Scene

March 14, 2014 12:21 pm | by Chris Talbott and Will Weissert, Associated Press | Comments

A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.     

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Nuclear Forensics Exercise Conducted in Coordination with New Jersey

March 14, 2014 12:07 pm | by DHS | Comments

On February 24-28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy, in coordination with the State of New Jersey law enforcement and first responder partners, conducted an exercise of the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Ground Collections Task Force.

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KBI Plans New Building

March 14, 2014 11:57 am | by Cindy Rose, Washburn Review | Comments

Washburn University and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are breaking ground for the Forensic Science Center in May when students begin their summer break this year.                       

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3-D Fingerprint Phantoms Improve Fingerprint-matching Technology

March 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | Comments

A team of Michigan State University computer scientists have built the first three-dimensional model of a human fingerprint.                                   

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DNA Analysis of LCN Samples: Towards Fully Integrated STR Profiling

March 13, 2014 2:54 pm | by Eugene Tan, NIJ | Comments

This research aimed to develop two microfluidic components for the analysis of low copy number (LCN) DNA samples.                                       

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Victim's DNA Found on Cop's Bulletproof Vest

March 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Robert Salonga and Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News | Comments

The woman allegedly raped last fall by an on-duty San Jose police officer is in the country illegally, sources said Wednesday, a revelation that looks certain to strain the already shaky trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.

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Man Bound Over in Shotgun Slayings of Toddler

March 13, 2014 11:41 am | by Steve Fry, cjonline.com | Comments

A 28-year-old man bound over to stand trial on charges of killing an 18-month-old girl and three adults will learn if he could face the death penalty after his arraignment next month. The bindover for trial came soon after forensics experts linked a shotgun to the man.

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Trail of Blood Displayed at Pistorius Trial

March 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray, Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Thursday displayed a sequence of photos showing the blood stains and blood spatter found on the floors, walls, stairs and chairs in the athlete's house after he fatally shot his girlfriend.

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In Court, Gruesome Details Equal Harsher Punishment

March 13, 2014 11:19 am | by Duke Univ. | Comments

In court arguments, the less gruesome the description of a crime, the less likely the punishment will match U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines, according to researchers at Duke University.                 

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Dimensional Review of Scales for Forensic Photography

March 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by Massimiliano Ferrucci, Theodore Doiron, Robert Thompson, John Jones, II, Susan Ballou, and Janice Neiman, NIJ | Comments

This study evaluated the quality of commercially available photo scales, documented manufacturing processes, and suggested pathways for establishing standards for forensic photo scales that will ensure accuracy and instill user confidence.   

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DNA from Murder Suspect Has Possible Ties to Others

March 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Shira Schoenberg, Mass Live | Comments

Preliminary DNA evidence shows a possible tie of Edwin Alemany to three of the attacks he is charged with committing, including the murder of Wilbraham native Amy Lord, according to a motion filed by Assistant District Attorney John Pappas.

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Digitizing Device to Capture Track Impression

March 12, 2014 11:19 am | by Mihran Tuceryan and Jiang Yu Zheng, NIJ | Comments

The authors built a digitizing device that scans impression evidence and generates a high-resolution 3-D surface image and a co-registered 2-D color image.                           

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Cricket Bat, Bathroom Door Demonstrated at Pistorius Trial

March 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray, Associated Press | Comments

Kneeling in court and swinging a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius' toilet door, a South African forensic analyst demonstrated Wednesday how the double-amputee athlete may have bashed the door to get to the girlfriend he had just fatally shot.

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Freedom after 30 Years on Death Row

March 11, 2014 3:43 pm | by Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic | Comments

Any exoneration is remarkable, of course. Any act of justice after decades of injustice is laudable. It is never too late to put to right a wrong. But what also is striking about this case is how weak it always was, how frequently Glenn Ford's constitutional rights were denied, and yet how determined Louisiana's judges were over decades to defend an indefensible result.

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