The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.
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Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detection tests, confirmatory tests and forensic DNA testing are indispensable tools for solving a cases of rape and assault in order to bring perpetrators to justice.
Seattle police will begin DNA testing on all sexual-assault evidence kits and dig into the backlog of 1,276 stored kits that were never tested, the department has announced.
A grant from the National Institute of Justice will help scientists delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.
If you’ve been trying to access the online DNA Analyst Training but received an error, it’s not you. The folks at NFSTC.org moved the President’s DNA Initiative.
As the Pentagon seeks to recover 27,000 missing American war dead, it may turn away from Hawaii — where much of that government effort has been centered — and to private organizations to outsource some research, recovery and identifications.
Mexican prosecutors said Tuesday that an Austrian forensics lab has been unable to find any more DNA that could be used by conventional means to identify charred remains that might be those of 42 missing college students, but said they have authorized a final, unconventional effort.
Using DNA collected from convicted sex offenders has been instrumental in solving long-dormant sexual assault and homicide cases. Despite nearly universal laws requiring convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, the rules for how and when those samples are collected could be a significant roadblock for cold case detectives around the country.
No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.
A pair of senators is looking to pass legislation that would require the collection of DNA samples from people convicted of misdemeanor crimes that carry prison terms, after the Vermont Supreme Court found a previous law unconstitutional.
The City of Columbia Police Department went public with a picture of a “person-of-interest” that was created by cutting edge technology called Forensic DNA Phenotyping that can predict genetic ancestry, eye, hair and skin color, freckling, and facial shape in individuals from any ethnic background.
Human crimes are being solved by the emerging science of veterinary forensics, which can help catch and convict murderers and rapists, not to mention poachers and animal abusers.
Forensic DNA mixtures are frequently encountered in analysis, but there are a limited number of tools to assist in analyzing and interpreting these samples. Multiple-person crimes, contamination with pre-crime DNA, and “touch DNA” can all contribute to an admixed sample.
Forensic investigators from the FBI are spending the first part of this week digging up specific locations on a rural Virginia mountain, the latest sign of progress in the nearly 40-year-old investigation of two young girls who disappeared after walking to a Montgomery County shopping mall in 1975.
Some major changes in DNA technology and analysis have recently come on to the forensic scene, but with little fanfare to accompany those changes, busy practitioners could be forgiven for not having noticed them.
Penn State’s Forensic Science program is a partner on a new National Institute of Justice grant that will test DNA investigative tools that utilize next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology.
The DNA Advocacy Project will investigate and evaluate potential cases of wrongful conviction in Arizona where DNA testing might show actual innocence, and bring appropriate cases forward for DNA testing. This unique partnership will for the first time provide coverage of the vast majority of Arizona.
Jason Williford was in Nash Correctional Institution serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of former North Carolina school board member Kathy Taft on Tuesday, when debate was revived about the collection of DNA evidence used at his trial.
Advancements in DNA sequencing software can provide law enforcement with even faster results during criminal investigations, and help to decrease bottlenecks in rape kit data analysis, says one Pennsylvania-based company.
A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA evidence regularly used in criminal cases throughout the city, the Daily News has learned.
2014 was a banner year for DNA cases. In the wake of Maryland v. King — the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case upholding warrantless, suspicionless DNA collection from arrestees under Maryland state law — the constitutionality of DNA collection in the criminal context has continued to present challenging issues for courts.
Australian forensic experts helped identify four more victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 as Indonesian divers located more parts of the crashed passenger jet in the Java Sea.
Forensic testing by the Illinois State Police of evidence in post-conviction cases is hampered by outdated procedures at state laboratories, charges an expert working with the defense in the 1991 Donald Whalen murder case.
Rescue officials said on Friday that they had recovered 30 bodies and identified three by the end of the sixth day of search operations for the missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, but that stormy seas had prevented them from deploying sophisticated sonar equipment.
In July 1987, Amherst resident Judith Whitney went to New Hampshire with a man named Edward Mayrand, whom she met at an Alcoholic's Anonymous meeting the month before. She was never seen again.
The odds aren’t good that burglary victims in Austin will see their belongings again.
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