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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has released an announcement inviting proposals to develop portable, next-generation imaging tools that combine the complementary benefits of X-ray and neutron radiography.
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.
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.
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.
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.