A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was scheduled to be executed Wednesday in a rare case of a female death-row inmate.
An alleged jewel thief who sealed his crime with a kiss was caught after police analyzed the DNA on his victim's cheek. Forensic scientists at the scene swabbed the woman's cheek to isolate the genetic profile.
In July 2004, the Phoenix Police Department transferred four crime scene specialists from its crime lab to the department’s homicide unit. The primary objective was to improve homicide clearance rates by increasing investigative time through the addition of crime scene specialists.
A team of forensic scientists has completed a review of the documented adverse health effects associated with the use of the synthetic cannabinoid drugs.
When crime rates drop, politicians like to give themselves pats on the back for being “tough on crime.” But a new theory explaining why violence has declined across the country since the 1990s is gaining credence, and it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.
The chemist at the center of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement scandal has resigned, two days after the agency announced that he may have tainted thousands of cases by stealing pain pills from an evidence room.
A bill to eliminate the statute of limitations in rape and sexual battery cases in Ohio proposed last year has stalled amid concerns by prosecutors and defense attorneys about the potentially broad impact of such legislation.
A nationwide push by prosecutors and police to re-examine possible wrongful convictions contributed to a record number of exonerations in 2013, according to a newly-released report.
A year ago, the RCMP heralded the creation of a public website to gather tips about the hundreds of Jane and John Does across the country and thousands of missing Canadians. It marked a first and important step: a centre dedicated to unearthing cross-border connections in hard-to-crack cases that haunt family members and detectives alike.
The National Forensic Science Commission, a new Federal Advisory Committee jointly chaired by the Department of Justice and the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, has met for the first time to begin its important work of strengthening the forensic sciences.
The first of Ohio's 21 "John Doe" rape defendants indicted based on their DNA profiles has been identified as convicted felon George Young. A task force has obtained indictments against 20 other "John Doe" defendants identified at this point only by their unique DNA fingerprint.
At the direction of police Supt. Garry McCarthy, Chicago opened a ballistics lab in April 2013 as part of a new centralized forensics testing center that also processes crime-scene photos for detectives and prosecutors, tests evidence for fingerprints and prepares evidence for DNA testing.
The crime laboratory that is relied upon by local and state investigators for its expertise in thousands of cases has become the target of a probe by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into missing evidence.
The court order issued in December seemed like a logical compromise: Send a video camera into a DNA lab to record the testing of biological evidence in a capital murder case. There will be no retesting because the evidence will be destroyed. The camera will document the testing. But that December order sent several officials to court recently.
An international forensic expert believes it is extremely unlikely a silencer was used in the 1989 killing of the ACT's police chief, a finding directly contradicting crucial evidence used in the case against David Harold Eastman.