Recent estimates indicate that as many as 15 of every 100 incarcerated offenders where DNA was an element in their trial may be wrongfully convicted because of misused DNA evidence matching techniques. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of expert blinding and consensus feedback to improve the validity of expert testimony, specifically in the context of forensic science.
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A new bill in Ohio is attempting to keep the window of opportunity for prosecution open, by...
The number of untested rape kits throughout Kentucky could number in the thousands, state...
People found guilty of crimes in Wisconsin must pay to have their DNA collected — but ambiguous wording in the law may mean they're not all paying the same amount.
Problems in the Connecticut state police crime lab delayed for at least four years the identification of a woman investigators think was killed by suspected serial killer William Devin Howell and hindered their ability to match several different samples of DNA found in Howell's van, The Courant has learned.
Dwayne Wilson was sentenced to life last week in Ohio after his DNA matched rape kit evidence relating to assaults on four women in Cleveland in the 1990s. Wilson, who the judge called “the worst of the worst,” was about to be released from prison when evidence from a 20-year-old rape kit kept the serial pedophile behind bars.
Recent admissions by the FBI involving data errors in calculating DNA probabilities are challenging the infallibility of DNA evidence, a science with a longstanding reputation of as the forensic gold standard. Prosecutors and bureau officials say the mistakes will have a minimal effect on criminal cases, but the real impact of the revelations in courtrooms across the country remains to be seen.
The Urban Institute contracted with the NIJ to conduct an evaluation of its 2008 Forensic DNA Unit Efficiency Improvement Program. The findings suggest that there is some evidence in support of the hypothesis that crime lab DNA processing can be improved in novel and innovative ways besides simply increasing capacity.
Whalen is serving 60 years in the 1991 death of his father, William Whalen, whose badly beaten body was found at the former Twenty Grand Tap, a bar the elder Whalen owned in downtown Bloomington.
DNA found in a cabin in a heavily wooded part of New York State has refocused the hunt for two killers who broke out of prison more than two weeks ago, according to reports.
At last check, prosecutors in North Carolina say the state is still processing rape kits submitted from 2 and a half years ago, and the wait for kits to be tested in the state lab is getting longer.
Biologist Samuel Wasser is a pioneer in using DNA evidence to trace the origin of illegal ivory and help police an international trade that is decimating African elephant populations. The broadest application yet uses DNA from tons of ivory samples associated with large-scale trafficking. Results show that over the past decade, ivory has largely come from just two areas in Africa – one each for the forest and savanna elephants.
Massachusetts highest court has ruled that the twin brother of a man charged with murder does not have to share his DNA profile with Suffolk prosecutors, who contend the genetic information could help prove who stabbed a South Boston woman to death in her home in 2012.
Larry Ray Swearingen has avoided execution five times for the 1998 kidnapping, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter of Willis. Swearingen continues to profess his innocence. Meanwhile, his capital murder case continues to lie at the center of a debate over when post-conviction DNA testing should be allowed in Texas.
The miniaturization breakthrough could allow for more personalized medical diagnosis and better research in the field.
A forensic analyst testified in Fairfax County Circuit Court that DNA found underneath a fingernail of the victim of a vicious 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City came from one man.
Genetic samples from families of the two missing Singaporeans climbers still missing have been submitted to Malaysian forensic authorities to enable comparison with body parts retrieved from Mount Kinabalu following last week’s earthquake.
A convicted rapist who was a suspect in the 1982 disappearance of a Marin County au pair — a case that generated renewed interest recently when the woman’s remains were identified after more than three decades — apparently did not live much longer than she did.
It took dogged work and a scientific breakthrough, but Los Angeles County homicide detectives and prosecutors believe they’ve solved the rape and murder of a 20-year-old Palmdale wife and mother of three whose body was found in a remote area of Acton about 35 years ago.
Debbie Smith, the namesake of a watershed act to eliminate the backlog of hundreds of thousands of rape-testing kits sitting on law enforcement shelves nationwide, told Forensic Magazine that the end could be in sight.
Who was the "devious defecator" leaving their "offending fecal matter" across an Atlanta-area warehouse that stored and delivered products for grocery stores?
If the cryptographic analysis reaches a dead end, the question of the Somerton Man's identity can also be approached by testing his DNA and comparing it to that of millions of other individuals on genealogical databases.
Police often use DNA to solve murder mysteries and rapes. But last year, they used it to determine who spit into a customer's soda at a Chili's restaurant in Clay, New York.
In some places in the United States, rape victims pay for their own medical examinations after an attack – despite federal law. But legislation in some states is seeking to ban such practices.
Police say a cutting-edge DNA test could identify which identical twin was the stranger who raped a student 16 years ago in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, but sticker shock is delaying justice.
A letter of resignation from a member of the Washington D.C. Science Advisory Board stoked further speculation that the mayor and the District Attorney’s office may have ordered the two audits that shut down DNA testing last month in an attempt to seize control of the laboratory.
Wint was allegedly leaving a hotel in Washington D.C. with two females in a car, followed by two men driving a box truck with $10,000 cash inside.
Daron Dylon Wint, 34, is now being sought in the killing of a man, woman, their son, and their housekeeper after DNA evidence on a piece of Domino's piece was found at the murder scene.
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