Scores of pending criminal cases and past convictions could be in jeopardy in the wake of revelations that a former Houston Police crime lab technician resigned after an internal investigation found evidence of lying, improper procedure and tampering with an official record.
The O.J. Simpson case, which began to unfold 20 years ago this month, was a blip — a significant one, but a blip — in Barry Scheck's legal career. Scheck is now better known as co-founder of the Innocence Project, the not-for-profit dedicated to using DNA evidence to free the innocent from prison, sometimes even from death row.
An eight-month home burglary investigation in Boynton Beach, Florida seemed to be going up in smoke — until officers matched the DNA from a cigarette butt left at the crime scene to a suspect.
The humble blowfly could lead to better detection of methamphetamine in decomposing tissue. A collaboration has explored the effect of MA on the development, growth rates and survival of the blowfly in relation to estimating post-mortem intervals.
Law Enforcement officers will often be required to use advanced or dSLR cameras to photograph crime scenes. West Virginia University is offering a Basic Crime Scene Photography for Law Enforcement course.
Are 3D printers on their way to becoming weapon factories? That question arises following a notice from the FBI that it is looking to buy a $20,000 Stratsys Objet24 Personal 3D printer because the printer can “support the advanced technical exploitation of evolving and existing high technology explosive devices.”
A research group at NIST has demonstrated a new method for detecting ignitable liquids that could change the way arson fires are investigated. The new process for analyzing debris for traces of fire accelerants is faster and more accurate than conventional methods and produces less waste.
Ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup, SelectScience traveled to Brazil to talk to leading scientists to learn how in-field and laboratory sciences are helping to protect players and fans during the tournament, and how scientific analysis tools can be used to manage athlete health and improve player performance.
This NIJ-funded, hands-on workshop will allow participants to improve their ability to carry out and interpret mass spectrometric analyses as well as solve common problems with instrumentation.
A DNA match has given new life to the troubled investigation into Holly Staker's 1992 rape and murder, and Lake County authorities are trying to solve her killing by reinvestigating a crime committed nearly a decade later.
Changes in marijuana laws in Washington have affected operations at state crime labs, which still must process the drug for cases involving juveniles and impaired drivers.
This NIJ-funded course will cover the basic concepts of clandestine grave discovery, control and excavation including for deaths occurring underwater.
Police have released an image of a distinctive tattoo in an effort to identity a man whose dismembered body was found partially encased in cement inside a garage behind a Detroit home.
Another day has begun at the Bode Technology laboratory in Lorton, Virginia. Another slow excavation of a national problem. The problem is a backlog of untested rape kits, tens of thousands of them, each representing an alleged assault.
Society's tolerance for violence changed drastically during the Victorian era, according to a linguistic analysis of testimonies given in the Old Bailey, London's oldest criminal court.