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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

Looking Toward 2015 DNA Collection Laws

January 6, 2015 1:54 pm | by Jennifer Lynch, EFF | Comments

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.

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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.

Australian Forensic Experts Help Identify AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Victims

January 6, 2015 1:29 pm | by ABC News | Comments

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.                      

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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 k

CSI Certificate Gives Students an Extra Boost

January 6, 2015 11:11 am | by Celia Darrough, Columbia College | Comments

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.

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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.

Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Suspends Service after Security Breach

January 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Reuters | Comments

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.

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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.

Former US Cybersecurity Official Gets 25 Years for Child Porn Charges

January 6, 2015 9:58 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

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.                 

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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

You Could be Wearing Your Alibi Right Now

January 5, 2015 4:49 pm | by Aviva Rutkin, New Scientist | Comments

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.

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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 a

3 Things to Know about New US Sanctions on North Korea

January 5, 2015 12:04 pm | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | Comments

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.

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A prank call sent a large number of Portland police officers to a Southwest Portland home late Friday night.

Prank Call Sends Close to 20 Police Officers to Southwest Portland Home

January 5, 2015 11:45 am | by Casey Parks, The Oregonian | Comments

A prank call sent a large number of Portland police officers to a Southwest Portland home late Friday night.                                         

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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.

Police Officers Killed by Firearms Jumped 56% in 2014

January 5, 2015 11:28 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

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.

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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. I

The Future of Getting Arrested

January 5, 2015 11:17 am | by Leon Neyfakh, Quartz | Comments

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.

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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.

Online Courses in Death Investigation

January 5, 2015 11:08 am | by NIJ | Comments

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.               

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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.

Whalen Expert Critical of State DNA Testing

January 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Edith Brady-Lunny, Pantagraph.com | Comments

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.       

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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.

Jury Selection to Get Underway in Marathon Bombing Attacks

January 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

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.       

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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 — a

Murder Rate Falls in Impoverished New Jersey City

January 2, 2015 1:26 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | Comments

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.

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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.

New York City Murders Hit Record Low in 2014

January 2, 2015 1:17 pm | by Reuters | Comments

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.                       

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