When operating outside of the law, you can't rely on the police to protect your illegal enterprise from other criminals. The Silk Road marketplace founders likely learned this lesson in 2012 and 2013, after paying thousands of dollars to cyber extortionists.
In a new study, researchers have examined how the sense of smell could aid victims in better...
The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in...
For the third time in less than six months, a...
Authorities say they have completed their analysis of more than 460 pieces of evidence in the case of a woman whose partial remains were found three years after her disappearance, possibly bringing defense attorneys a step closer to seeing how prosecutors have linked their clients to her.
Barrett Brown, who became a cause célèbre after he was charged with crimes related to the 2011 Stratfor hack, will not go free as his supporters hoped. He was sentenced in Texas to five years and three months in prison.
Last week's arrest of a man alleged to help run the Silk Road 2.0 online drug bazaar has touched off speculation he was identified using a controversial attack that for six months last year systematically worked to deanonymize users of the Tor privacy service.
President Obama looked to calm fears left in the wake of the high-profile hacks of Sony and Target earlier this year, by hashing out a multi-step plan to "meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information," in his sixth State of the Union address last night.
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.
What causes young inner-city men to kill each other? Where do we start?
FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau’s Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote “to lab” on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation dubbed Midnight Hustle.
No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.
In just over an hour of staccato cross-examination, Joshua Dratel, lawyer for Silk Road trial defendant Ross Ulbricht, pursued a line of questioning suggesting that the man who really controlled Silk Road wasn't his young client, but Mark Karpeles, the wealthy former owner of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange.
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.
More people were using the mail to get high, and Jared Der-Yeghiayan knew it, speaking from the stand in a Manhattan federal courtroom, where 30-year-old Ross Ulbricht stands accused of being the mastermind in the most successful drug-dealing website of all time, the Silk Road.
Evidence from some wrongful-conviction cases suggests that suspects can be questioned in ways that lead them to falsely believe in and confess to committing crimes they didn’t actually commit. New research provides lab-based evidence for this phenomenon, showing that innocent adult participants can be convinced, over the course of a few hours, that they had perpetrated crimes as serious as assault with a weapon in their teenage years.
Once they got the chance, it took prosecutors less than a minute to point the finger — literally — at Ross Ulbricht.
The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers called on a Dutch judge to ban his extradition to the United States.
A new judicial order in the Silk Road drug trafficking case has dealt a harsh blow to suspect Ross Ulbricht's defense — less than a week before his criminal trial is scheduled to begin.
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.
None of the tens of thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a Massachusetts lab tampered with evidence should be convicted of a harsher sentence if they seek a new trial, the American Civil Liberties Union argued Thursday.
Guilty or innocent? To help them decide, judges and juries are often presented with reams of evidence: crime scene photos, medical documents or suspected bullet trajectories — all on paper. But could allowing people to watch the crime unfold from the comfort of the courtroom lead to more informed judgments?
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.
Cleveland's mayor says he didn't trust a state agency to investigate the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun, because he believes the agency mishandled the investigation of a different shooting that led to charges against officers and a settlement with the families of two people killed.
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.
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.
People who lost loved ones or were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are searching for justice as jury selection gets underway in one of the nation's most closely watched federal death penalty cases in two decades.
Hope is rare in China’s courts. This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined.
When a wrongfully convicted individual is exonerated, the original crime victim may experience feelings of guilt, fear, helplessness, devastation and depression. For some victims, the impact of the wrongful conviction may be comparable to — or even worse than — that of their original victimization.
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