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Forensic DNA Evidence Is Not Infallible

October 30, 2015 9:18 am | by Cynthia M. Cale, Nature | Comments

Despite how it is often portrayed, in the media and in courts, the forensic science of DNA is far from infallible. Particularly concerning is that police and prosecutors now frequently talk of 'touch DNA' — genetic profiles of suspects and offenders that have been generated in a laboratory from just a handful of skin cells left behind in a fingerprint.

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Crime Lab Scandals Just Keep Getting Worse

October 29, 2015 11:18 am | by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com | Comments

The problem with a scandal on this order of magnitude isn’t just that it reflects a fundamental flaw in the justice system. The problem is that, as a purely practical matter, there is simply no easy way to correct it.

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Court Again Denies DNA Tests in Death Row Case

October 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Johnathan Silver, The Texas Tribune | Comments

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for the second time Wednesday reversed a state district judge’s order that would have allowed East Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen to test DNA from evidence in his murder case.

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The Cybersecurity Bill Passed by the U.S. Senate

October 29, 2015 10:43 am | by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American | Comments

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is a controversial measure to encourage businesses and government agencies to share information related to malicious hackers and their methods.

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Digital Forensics Market Expected to Reach $4.97 Billion in 2021

October 28, 2015 10:35 am | by Transparency Market Research | Comments

According to a new market report the global Digital Forensics market was valued at USD 2.03 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 4.97 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 12.5% through forecast period.

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Senator Seeks Faster DNA Analysis In Sexual Assaults

October 28, 2015 9:42 am | by News Service of Florida | Comments

Under Benacquisto's bill, DNA evidence collected in sexual-assault investigations would have to be submitted to the state crime-lab system for testing within 21 days of being received by law-enforcement agencies.

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Manhunt in Rural Kentucky

October 27, 2015 10:06 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | Comments

The 62-year-old Cook was believed to be on foot after a Saturday shootout with a Kentucky state police trooper. Cook was last seen in the hilly, wooded countryside in Cumberland County, which borders Tennessee.

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Homicide Spike Draws Alarm From Obama Administration

October 27, 2015 10:01 am | Comments

Rising homicide totals in many large American cities have raised alarms within the Obama administration.

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Top German Official Infected by Spy Trojan With NSA Ties

October 27, 2015 9:58 am | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be the only high-ranking leader from that country to be spied on by the National Security Agency. German authorities are investigating whether the head of the German Federal Chancellery unit had his laptop infected with Regin.

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Investigator Hopes DNA Might Lead to Suspect in Grandparents' Unsolved Homicide

October 26, 2015 11:55 am | by Sarah Favot, The Daily News | Comments

Marsh made a promise 15 years ago to the family of George and Pauline Chapin, an elderly couple slain in their Rancho Palos Verdes home. So he went back to work to find their killer.

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Prison Phone Companies Fight for Right to Charge Inmates $14 a Minute

October 26, 2015 11:44 am | by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica | Comments

​The Federal Communications Commission is about to face another lawsuit, this time over a vote to cap the prices prisoners pay for phone calls.

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Joomla Bug Puts Millions of Websites at Risk of Remote Takeover Hacks

October 26, 2015 10:59 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Millions of websites used in e-commerce and other sensitive industries are vulnerable to remote take-over hacks made possible by a critical vulnerability that has affected the Joomla content management system for almost two years.

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Gun That May Have Been Used in Officer's Death Found

October 26, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Divers searching the Harlem River recovered a gun "consistent" with the weapon used to kill a police officer during a foot chase in Manhattan, the New York Police Department said Sunday.

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Florida Death Row Inmate Becomes State's First to Demand the Electric Chair

October 23, 2015 1:53 pm | by Steve Bousquet, Tampa Bay Times | Comments

For the first time in nearly two decades, a Florida prison inmate is demanding that he be put to death in the antiquated electric chair and not by a lethal injection method that has been repeatedly challenged in court.

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Mass DNA Testing to Start in Rape Case

October 23, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Swiss Broadcasting Company | Comments

Law enforcement authorities in Lucerne are to start the mass DNA screening of 372 young men in the next two weeks, in the hope of solving a rape case in which the victim was left partially paralysed.

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