The United States has granted Sri Lanka US$ 2.1 million to set up a state-of-the-art DNA crime laboratory at the country's Government Analyst's Department of the Ministry of Justice. The program will provide Sri Lankan citizens with greater access to justice by enhancing legitimate prosecutions of criminals.
A U.S. laboratory using DNA testing has confirmed the identification of nine Juárez women whose remains were found in the Valley of Juárez a year ago, Chihuahua authorities say. The remains identified were parts of 15 samples sent to the Bode Technology Laboratory in Lorton, Va., by the Chihuahua Special Prosecution Office for Crimes Against Women.
The doctor whose autopsy of a stillborn baby resulted in manslaughter charges against the mother is disgraced former Tennessee Medical Examiner Bruce Levy. Levy had determined Nina Buckhalter’s methamphetamine use caused her stillbirth based on the drug’s presence in the fetus. He’d further determined the manner of death as homicide. But Levy now says the autopsy report has obvious holes.
It has been announced that samples taken from Syrian civilians had been tested in the UK for the presence of chemical weapons. Sarin was detected – what is it and how did they test for it? There are various analytical methods appropriate for the analysis the most widely used would be gas chromatography-mass spectrometry or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
Evidence from thousands of open rape cases that was found at a police storage facility in Detroit would get DNA testing under a $4 million funding plan announced by Michigan state and county officials. The funding, which requires state legislative approval, would be "a down payment" for processing more than 11,000 rape kits dating back as much as 25 years.
An Urban Institute study funded by the National Institute of Justice found that arrestee DNA laws across 28 states vary widely, their implementation can be costly, and their impact on crime solving is uncertain. Implementation of arrestee DNA laws is shaped by state-specific provisions about who is eligible for DNA collection, when DNA is collected and the process of removing DNA profiles from federal and state databases.
A chemical that’s often the key ingredient in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) can be quickly and safely detected in trace amounts by a new polymer created by a team of Cornell chemists. The polymer, which potentially could be used in low-cost, handheld explosive detectors and could supplement or replace bomb-sniffing dogs, was invented in the lab of William Dichtel, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology.
Five people whose skeletal remains were found in a remote Arizona smuggling corridor are thought to have been homicide victims from Mexico or Central America who were shot or beaten to death, authorities say. Border Patrol agents discovered the five sets of human remains a week ago.
Rodney Spangler’s blood waited a decade to rat him out. Erin Simms had never heard of Spangler back in 2003 when she caught a church burglar as a detective at Lincoln Police Department. Simms arrested the burglar, and checked a similar case to see if her guy cut himself when he broke into a nearby church that was also burglarized. She ran her suspect’s DNA against blood found at the scene. No dice. The blood didn’t match.
Texas’ highest criminal court acquitted Megan Winfrey, ruling that the dog scent evidence prosecutors used against her was insufficient. Now, she faces the challenge of starting a life as a single parent. She has had no job training, and has a capital murder conviction on her record.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the right of authorities to take DNA from people when they are arrested only partially assures that California's DNA collection program will survive court challenges, experts say. Challenges of the California program are pending in the California Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court gave the OK to the controversial practice of cops collecting DNA samples from crime suspects under arrest. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices decided that swabbing a person’s cheek prior to their conviction of any crime did not constitute an unreasonable search. Justices voting in the majority compared DNA collection to a more advanced version of fingerprinting.
Just as a person's fingerprints and DNA are unique, so are a person's feet. They are not only unique in size, but also in shape. Features such as a high bridge, flat feet, bunions or long toes all contribute to making feet unique. It is a known fact that shoe and footprints left behind at a crime scene can provide vital evidence.
A combination of old school detective techniques paired with the latest in DNA profiling and quick computer analysis of social media sites and cell phones led investigators to the man they believe killed 15-year-old Nichole Cable in less than a week. The Cable case is a prime example of how state and local agencies work together to solve major crimes in Maine.
The Forensic and Investigative program and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service extends their congratulations to four students that received their Forensic Technician certificates. Three seniors received the certificates after completing both the required Latent Print Processing and Crime Scene Investigation techniques workshops offered by TEEX’s Texas Forensic Science Academy.