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In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing

The Grisly History of Forensics

September 26, 2014 | by Val McDermid, the Guardian | Comments

In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing showmen and dangerous (sometimes fatal) research.

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Investigator Discovers Corpse Is Alive

October 1, 2014 6:25 am | Comments

An investigator from the Pima County Office of Medical Examiner thought he was recovering the body of an elderly woman from an apartment complex. As he was processing the scene, the woman moved. The 74-year-old Joan Allman was rushed to University of Arizona Medical Center. 

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Cuyahoga County Showcases Expanded Regional Crime Lab

October 1, 2014 6:05 am | Comments

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, officials show off their expanded regional crime lab, a project more than 14 years in the making. The lab, housed at the Medical Examiner's office, has enhanced fingerprinting and ballistics capabilities and more space to store evidence collected from crime scenes in Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs.

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Civil Air Patrol officials say cell phone forensics have helped authorities narrow the search area for a missing small airplane which hasn't been seen since leaving the Headland airport in Henry County, Alabama.

FSW Students Learn on Crime Scene Island

October 1, 2014 5:52 am | Comments

Florida SouthWestern students have been busy excavating a body on campus. It's the first one pulled up on the campus "body farm". It isn't a real body; it's a dummy made to mimic advanced decomposition. The "Crime Scene Island," as the professor calls it, cost about $50,000.

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

Improved Tools for Challenging DNA Samples

September 30, 2014 11:43 am | Comments

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical reports: Improved Tools for the Robust Analysis of Low Copy Number and Challenged DNA Samples and Application of Proteinases for DNA Isolation of Challenged Bone Specimens.

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Beheading Crime Scene Analyzed

September 30, 2014 11:40 am | Comments

At approximately 1600 hrs. on September 24, 2014  30-year-old Alton Nolen was fired at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma. He immediately drove to the front of the business, struck a vehicle and walked into the front office area. He attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford with a knife until he severed her head. 

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Forensic Evidence Links Two Cases

September 30, 2014 10:13 am | by Larry O'Dell, Associated Press | Comments

And now police believe they have found a link between the 2009 slaying of Morgan Harrington and the Sept. 13 disappearance of Hannah Graham: Forensic evidence found in the arrest of a hospital worker and former taxi driver who fled the state when he learned police wanted to question him about the Graham case.

Cold Case: Murder of Bridget Phillips

September 29, 2014 11:06 am | Comments

Bridget Phillips was a 22-year-old graduate student at Johns Hopkins University when she was found beaten to death on March 22, 1989 in the doorway of her off-campus apartment.  She wasn't robbed or sexually assaulted, leading police to believe she knew her attacker.

New Houston Lab Director Ready for Challenge

September 29, 2014 10:56 am | Comments

Daniel Garner was ready to drift quietly into retirement after decades on the forefront in the field of forensic science. Just months into his retirement, Garner was lured back to work as director of the Houston Forensic Science Center, the reincarnation of the once-beleaguered Houston Police Department crime lab.

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DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

DNA Takes Time

September 29, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

DNA evidence for solving crimes can be very helpful, but it has it’s drawbacks. One of them is the time law enforcement agencies wait for their samples to be processed. Wisconsin’s Department of Justice made it a priority years ago to cut down the backlog at the state’s crime lab. Now, many more types of cases are using DNA evidence.

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Forensic Chemistry Helps Prevent Crime In Sacramento

September 29, 2014 10:43 am | Comments

Matthew McPhail, a police officer and crime analyst for the Sacramento Police Department, is assigned to crime analysis, which includes studying crimes that are occurring in the city; deciphering which locations are experiencing higher rates of crime; determining where police officers need to be stationed to help prevent crime; and developing strategies to prevent future crimes.

Seeking to expand the nation’s capability to detect and identify materials   that are not easily visualized by conventional imaging technologies, DARPA   today released an announcement inviting proposals to develop portable, next-  generation imaging tool

DARPA Seeks Neutron Sources to Complement X-ray Capabilities

September 25, 2014 2:18 pm | by DARPA | Comments

Seeking to expand the nation’s capability to detect and identify materials that are not easily visualized by conventional imaging technologies, DARPA has released an announcement inviting proposals to develop portable, next-generation imaging tools that combine the complementary benefits of X-ray and neutron radiography.

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Senior criminal justice major Andrea Marmorato set her sights on law enforcement at an early age and took action to make her dreams a reality. During the summer, Marmorato worked side-by-side with K-9 units during training and actual operations in the fie

Intern Takes Bite Out of Crime with Houston's K-9 Unit

September 25, 2014 1:57 pm | by Sam Houston State Univ. | Comments

Senior criminal justice major Andrea Marmorato set her sights on law enforcement at an early age and took action to make her dreams a reality. During the summer, Marmorato worked side-by-side with K-9 units during training and actual operations in the field, sometimes serving as the “decoy” for the dogs to find.

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Scarcella the Takes Stand

September 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Steffanie clifford, The New York Times | Comments

The Brooklyn courtroom was alive with anticipation on Wednesday, awaiting a retired detective who was about to testify under oath for the first time since his work in dozens of criminal prosecutions had come under sharp scrutiny.     

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The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report.

FBI Releases Report Examining Mass Shootings

September 25, 2014 1:32 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report.     

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The Justice Department has submitted a “statement of interest” in a case filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP aimed at overhauling the state’s public defense system and slated to go to trial on Octobe

Justice Department Issues Landmark Support for Public Defense Suit

September 25, 2014 1:09 pm | by New York Civil Liberties Union | Comments

The Justice Department has submitted a “statement of interest” in a case filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP aimed at overhauling the state’s public defense system and slated to go to trial on October 7. 

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