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Approach to Jailhouse Informants Questioned after Inmate's Innocence Proven

November 26, 2013 6:09 pm | by Terry Bell, Wisconsin Public Radio News | Comments

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is out with a story by Mario Koran that suggests Wisconsin's lack of a stated policy for dealing with so-called “jailhouse informants” or “snitches” — and their unreliable testimony — is a big part of the problem.


Blood on Jacket is Key Evidence in 1979 Murder Case

November 26, 2013 5:55 pm | by Lou Michel, The Buffalo News | Comments

Authorities say that after stabbing Patti Rodriguez 108 times, Michael Rodriguez fled in the early morning hours of Good Friday, April 13, 1979, his clothes covered in the blood of his estranged wife. They say he disposed of his shirt, pants and most of his clothing from that night. But not his leather jacket. That was the most prized possession in his wardrobe, they say, and he could not bring himself to get rid of it.


DNA Lab Helps Solve Crimes against Wildlife

November 26, 2013 4:44 pm | by Kent Jackson, The Times-Tribune | Comments

Officer Mark Rutkowski thought he knew who killed a giant black bear dumped on a parking lot of a Pennsylvania state game land. To prove the case, he turned to Dr. Jane Huffman. Huffman runs the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at East Stroudsburg University. From her lab two miles from the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, she has become a mentor to fish and wildlife officers from both states.


State Fires Chemist after Probe Casts Doubt on Credentials

November 26, 2013 2:30 pm | by Milton Valencia and John Ellement, The Boston Globe | Comments

The drug analyst who was fired for misstating her credentials allegedly falsely testified in federal court as recently as August that she has a degree in chemistry and possibly did so in dozens of state court cases as well, opening the door for a flood of new legal challenges related to the Hinton drug lab scandal.


Genome ID Group Opens Advanced Forensic DNA Laboratory

November 26, 2013 11:35 am | by The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis | Comments

Genome ID Group, LLC has established a state of the art laboratory facility, known as The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis (CAFDA), in Greenville, N.C. The company is known for developing practical applications for advanced DNA analysis methods to create unique solutions in the field of forensic human identification.


A Murder of Both Forensics and Investigation

November 26, 2013 11:15 am | by Pranjal Kshirsagar, Firstpost | Comments

The casualties in the Noida double murder case in India don’t just include fourteen year old Aarushi Talwar and 45 year old Hemraj Banjade. The science of forensics and the protocol of police investigation were also murdered in cold blood.   


Synchrotron Analysis Pinpoints Paint for Forensics

November 26, 2013 10:58 am | by Chris Thomas, Science Network | Comments

The use of statistical techniques to interpret chemical information has played a key role in developing a more discriminating model for the forensic analysis of car paint. A study by Curtin University’s Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the ChemCentre, applied infrared spectroscopy on the primer surfacer of 75 vehicles using the Australian Synchroton.


New Charges in Ohio Rape Case

November 26, 2013 10:39 am | by Thomas Sheeran, Associated Press | Comments

Long-anticipated charges against adults implicated in the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's rape offer the community a chance to begin healing after the case that was dogged by allegations of a cover-up. A grand jury on Monday charged a school superintendent and three others with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of the West Virginia girl by two high school football players.


Connecticut Gunman's Motive Still Unknown

November 26, 2013 10:24 am | by Michael Melia and Pat Eaton-Cobb, Associated Press | Comments

A yearlong investigation into the Newtown school shooting has provided disturbing insights into the gunman who killed his mother and then massacred 26 other people, but it still has not provided a motive. Prosecutors closed the case on the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Their report offered a chilling portrait of 20-year-old Adam Lanza as a loner who was obsessed with violence and bound by ritualistic behavior.


LSU FACES Lab Compiling Database for Missing People

November 25, 2013 11:14 am | by Cole Avery, the News Star | Comments

Claxton Mark Mayo was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 20 on March 30, 2011. Surveillance footage shows him entering a Ouachita Parish truck stop, but the cameras never filmed him leaving. That’s the last time anyone or anything has seen Mayo. His case joins more than 200 others in the missing persons database operated by the FACES Lab at Louisiana State University.


Illinois Crime Lab is Coming Along

November 25, 2013 11:00 am | by | Comments

Workers have installed huge plates of glass on the exterior of the new Illinois State Police Forensic Lab adjacent to Lindenwood University-Belleville. When finished, police will be able to perform crime scene science, polygraph testing, fingerprinting, firearms testing, chemistry testing, trace evidence testing, forensic biology and anthropology testing, plus DNA testing on-site.


Bomb Found Inside Teddy Bear Sent to Federal Crime Lab

November 25, 2013 10:54 am | by WSOCTV | Comments

Investigators said they have sent pieces of a bomb found inside a teddy bear to a federal crime lab. Detectives said it usually takes up to a month for testing to be completed by Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents.         


A Real Pollock? On This, Art and Science Collide

November 25, 2013 10:47 am | by Patricia Cohen, The New York Times | Comments

For nearly 60 years, a small painting has stood as a symbol of enmity between two women: Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock’s widow, and Ruth Kligman, his lover. This month, it seemed the dispute that outlived both women might finally be settled. But instead of resolving one dispute, the findings only reignited another, one that pits traditional ways of determining whether a work is genuine against newer technologies.


New Technology Helps Solve Gun Crimes Faster than Ever Before

November 25, 2013 10:24 am | by Ursula Madden, WMCTV | Comments

A system upgrade through the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping local law enforcement solve gun crimes in Memphis faster than ever before. The science is not as fast as a speeding bullet, but when it comes to connecting guns to what at first appeared to be unrelated crimes ... it comes close.


Video Footage Examined in Mat Death

November 25, 2013 10:09 am | by Victor Blackwell, CNN | Comments

Kendrick Johnson's family waited months for hundreds of hours of surveillance video, hoping it would answer their questions. It raised only others. Rather than showing how their 17-year-old son's body ended up in a school gym mat in January, the four cameras inside the Valdosta, Ga., gymnasium showed only a few collective seconds of Johnson, jogging. The camera fixed on the gym mats was blurry.



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