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DNA Evidence Causes Murder Trial Delay

July 17, 2013 4:51 pm | by Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal | Comments

New DNA evidence has led to a one-week delay in the start of former state Trooper David Camm’s third murder trial. Camm’s trial will now start with jury selection Aug. 12 to provide time for an additional pretrial hearing and to allow Special Judge Jonathan Dartt to rule on the issues.

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Forensics Helps Mendocino Sheriffs Solve 25-year-old Cold Case

July 17, 2013 4:34 pm | by Lake County News | Comments

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says that its detectives — assisted by state forensics experts — have successfully identified a suspect in the 1988 murder of a 20-year-old Fort Bragg, Calif., woman. The evidence recovered during the autopsy was used to determine a specific blood type. At that time the technology to identify people based on DNA did not exist.

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Wisconsin Cold Case Gets Warmer

July 17, 2013 4:08 pm | by Bill Lueders, Post Crescent | Comments

Andrew Nehmer may have tried to tell what happened. The phone in the Open Pantry where the 20-year-old student worked was off the hook. Police speculated that he started to make a call but then realized that he couldn’t speak. An autopsy found that Nehmer died from massive internal bleeding caused by a single knife wound to the neck.

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Gang Members Suffer High Levels of Psychiatric Illness

July 17, 2013 11:55 am | by Queen Mary, Univ. of London | Comments

Young men who are gang members suffer unprecedented levels of psychiatric illness, placing a heavy burden on mental health services, according to new research. It is the first time research has looked into whether gang violence is associated with psychiatric illness, other than substance misuse.

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NIJ Awards Bode Technology Missing Persons Grant

July 17, 2013 11:40 am | by The Bode Technology Group, Inc. | Comments

The Bode Technology Group, Inc. has announced their award of a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) titled, “Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing.” The NIJ grant will fund the nuclear (STR) and mitochondrial DNA testing of unidentified human remains and/or family reference samples from state and local governments in an effort to identify missing persons.

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Search through Lac-Mégantic Scene Nothing Like CSI

July 17, 2013 11:27 am | by Nelson Wyatt, Canadian Press | Comments

Forget about the glamour suggested by such TV shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and their high-tech gizmos. The most vital tools in Lac-Mégantic include keen eyes, expertise and persistence. Search and rescue teams including specially trained police, firefighters and forensic anthropologists have been combing the debris in staggering heat for more than a week since Canada’s worst railway disaster.

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Crime Lab Staffing Will Remain Intact

July 17, 2013 11:15 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says that potential cuts in federal drug prevention funding are not a surprise and will not affect staffing at the state crime lab. The director of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program warned nine crime labs in the region earlier this month that funding would likely be trimmed in the next fiscal year and possibly eliminated after that because of federal budget pressure.

DNA Sample Leads to Arrest in Toddler's 1994 Death

July 17, 2013 10:10 am | by Peggy Senzarino, The Quad-City Times | Comments

DNA analysis helped Mason City police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation make an arrest in the 1994 murder of a 20-month-old Mason City boy who has family ties to the Quad-Cities. In 1994, DNA analysis was not done on evidence collected in this case as the technology was not yet available.

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Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex Prepares for Fall Opening

July 16, 2013 10:41 am | by Jack Landau, Urban Toronto | Comments

Replacing 35-year-old facility, the new Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex (FSCC) is set to revolutionize forensics in Canada with its state-of-the-art facility, capable of keeping pace with technological advances and supporting increasingly complicated investigations.

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New Database Shows Ramifications of Conviction

July 16, 2013 10:15 am | by NIJ | Comments

Criminal conviction comes with a host of sanctions and disqualifications that can place unanticipated burdens on former offenders who reenter society and try to lead lives as productive citizens. Many of the restrictions affect employment opportunities and deny access to services, such as student loans, housing, contracting and other forms of participation in civic life.

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Adults become More Like Children in a Virtual World

July 16, 2013 9:57 am | by Melissa Hogenboom, BBC | Comments

In a virtual world adults in a child-like body start to perceive the world more like a child, a study has shown. Adults were either placed in a virtual four-year-old body or an adult body scaled down to the same size. It was found that participants in the child's body overestimated the size of objects and identified better with child-like attributes.

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US Military's Sexual Assault Investigations Often Faulty

July 16, 2013 9:37 am | by Reuters | Comments

The U.S. military in many cases does not properly investigate allegations of sexual assault, sometimes failing to collect key evidence, fully examine crime scenes or interview witnesses, a probe by the Pentagon's inspector general found. The report came as Congress weighs measures that would overhaul how the military handles sexual assault cases after a string of high-profile scandals in the armed forces.

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Police Probe Possible Links between Terrorism Suspect and Boston Bombing

July 16, 2013 9:31 am | by Tim McLaughlin, Reuters | Comments

A Boston-area man accused of threatening to blow up an airplane allegedly had all the materials needed to build a pressure-cooker bomb before this kind of weapon was used in the Boston Marathon attack in April, according to comments made by the man's mother in a recently unsealed police affidavit.

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CSI-style DNA Fingerprinting Tracks Down Cause of Cancer Spread

July 16, 2013 8:36 am | by Garth Sundem, Univ. of Colorado Cancer Center | Comments

The Univ. of Colorado Cancer Center along with Yale Univ. and the Denver Crime Lab report the first proof of cancer’s ability to fuse with blood cells in a way that gives cancer the ability to travel, allowing previously stationary cancer cells to enter the bloodstream and seed sites of metastasis around the body.

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Stevenson Offering Free MOOC Survey of Forensics Course

July 15, 2013 10:53 am | by Stevenson Univ. | Comments

Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies is entering the new online educational territory of MOOCs, free massive open online courses. Stevenson will offer a MOOC Survey of Forensics for individuals who want an introduction to the science and discipline of forensic investigation and gathering legal evidence.

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