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Nassau Crime Lab Explains Mistake to State

October 17, 2013 12:28 pm | by Kathleen Kerr, Newsday | Comments

The chief toxicologist of the Nassau crime lab explained recently to members of the New York Commission on Forensic Science how the facility dealt with a mistake an analyst made while processing blood-alcohol evidence in September.     

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Kenya Looks to Modernize Criminal Investigations with New Forensics Laboratory

October 17, 2013 12:04 pm | by Julius Kithuure, Sabahi | Comments

After years of false starts, the Kenyan government has re-opened international bidding for a contract to build a state-of-the-art national criminal forensics laboratory. The revived forensic lab project is a fresh impetus to modernize Kenya's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after a similar project proposal was aborted in 2002 due to irregularities in the bidding process.

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New Testing Technology for Synthetic Drugs

October 16, 2013 12:56 pm | by WSB-TV | Comments

For several years, the crime lab at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was the only facility where law enforcement could test suspected synthetic marijuana that was seized at smoke shops or convenience stores. But new technology is allowing law officers to do more field-testing that is very accurate and reliable. 

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More 'John Does' Indicted in 1993 Rape Cases after Evidence Testing

October 16, 2013 12:45 pm | by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer | Comments

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the DNA profiles of four unknown suspects in rape cases first reported in 1993. In each of the cases reported in October of 1993, lab analysts were able to identify a DNA profile of the person they believe committed the rape but were unable to match it to a profile of a known criminal offender contained in state or national databases. 

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Not Quite 'Forensics for Dummies'

October 16, 2013 12:22 pm | by Susan Swarbrick, The Herald | Comments

In three decades of working in forensic science Tom Nelson has seen his field evolve far beyond anything he could have envisaged as a fresh-faced rookie in his native Northern Ireland. These days Nelson, director of Forensic Services at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), and his team are able to gather DNA evidence using everything from saliva and seminal fluid to a lone strand of hair or the tiniest flake of skin.

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CIA Maintains Oswald Mystery

October 16, 2013 12:12 pm | by Scott Shane, The New York Times | Comments

Is the Central Intelligence Agency covering up some dark secret about the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Probably not. But you would not know it from the C.I.A.’s behavior.                     

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Mass Grave Could Yield Evidence for War Crime Trials

October 16, 2013 11:52 am | by Penny Marshall, NBC News | Comments

It has taken more than 20 years for the ground to give up its secrets. But now teams from the International Commission of Missing Persons are confident they have discovered one of the biggest mass graves from the deadly civil war that gripped the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

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Horrifying New Synthetic Drug Eats Skin

October 16, 2013 11:43 am | by Eric Sterling, Huffington Post | Comments

The horror of the drug "krokodil" is that it "eats the skin" of those who use it. This dangerous drug du jour is a version of desomorphine being made informally in Russia. It is a fast acting narcotic derived from codeine which is extracted from opium poppy. Desomorphine is reported to be 8 to 10 times more potent than morphine.

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New DNA Evidence Appears to Favor Amanda Knox in Retrial

October 15, 2013 10:20 am | by Komo News | Comments

The latest chapter in Amanda Knox's six-year-long legal battle may be taking a turn in her favor after new DNA tests were conducted on the kitchen knife that prosecutors say was used to kill her former roommate Meredith Kercher.      

Georgia Sheriff's Department Gets Laser System for Evidence Collection

October 15, 2013 10:00 am | by Ron Daniel, Douglas County Sentinal | Comments

Looking for trace evidence at a crime scene can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stan Copeland said. But technology has made finding that proverbial needle a lot easier through the use of lasers. And the DCSO is set to become the first law enforcement agency in Georgia to have the latest in forensic technology called the TracER Forensic Laser System.

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Sheriff Launches Crime Lab and Inks $75,000 Deal with Private DNA Lab

October 15, 2013 9:38 am | by FlaglerLive | Comments

Undersheriff Rick Staly was blunt. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Crime Scene Investigation labs may not be around forever. Last December when Gov. Rick Scott asked government agencies to provide budget cuts he could act on, FDLE’s $4 million proposal included eliminating the state police agency’s mobile crime labs, which responded to 424 crime scenes in in 47 counties in 2011. 

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Career in Forensic Science Starts at ASU for New Yorker

October 15, 2013 9:09 am | by Arizona State Univ. | Comments

It has been approximately two months since she left Long Island for Arizona State University’s West campus to begin work on a bachelor’s degree in forensics. Herguth is contemplating a career path that leads to a position as a medical examiner. 

US Federal Court Affirms Validity of Leica ScanStation Evidence

October 15, 2013 8:34 am | by Leica Geosystems Inc. | Comments

United States Magistrate Judge Gregory Wormuth, presiding over the U.S District Court For The District Of New Mexico, issued an order on Sept. 30, 2013, granting a Daubert motion to affirmatively admit Leica Geosystems ScanStation evidence and related expert testimony in the case of Stephan Cordova v. City of Albuquerque, et al.

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Almost No One is Working on New York's Thousands of Cold Case Murders

October 14, 2013 5:03 pm | by Justin Peters, Slate | Comments

The “cold case squad” concept originated in Miami in the 1980s, and soon spread to police departments across the country. The NYPD’s Cold Case Squad was formed in 1996, with approximately 50 detectives charged with reexamining some of the department’s most difficult cases. But over the past decade, with municipal budgets shrinking, cold case squads around the country have been decimated, and New York is no exception.

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Grants Speed Up DNA Crime-solving

October 14, 2013 11:56 am | by Pauline Repard, U-T San Diego | Comments

Forensic DNA testing — so intriguing to fans of TV cop shows — has become so successful in solving real crimes that local law enforcement labs find themselves with more work than they can handle. The San Diego county Sheriff’s Regional Crime Laboratory staff will field about 2,900 requests for DNA analysis this year, and right now they’ve got a backlog of nearly 180 cases.

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