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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   extor

Hackers Extorted Thousands from Silk Road Operators

January 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Joab Jackson, Computerworld | News | Comments

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.

Olfactory 'Fingerprint' Provides 'Nosewitness' Testimony

January 28, 2015 12:36 pm | by Lecia Bushak, Medical Daily | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers have examined how the sense of smell could aid victims in better...

Record Number of Exonerations Driven by Texas Drug Cases

January 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in...

Man Wrongly Convicted 4 Decades Ago Freed from Prison

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Jonathan Drew, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the third time in less than six months, a...

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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

State Agency: Analysis of Evidence in Bobo Case Finished

January 23, 2015 1:56 pm | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Connection to Stratfor Hack

January 23, 2015 10:42 am | by Kim Zetter, Wired | News | Comments

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

Did feds mount a sustained attack on Tor to decloak crime suspects?

January 23, 2015 8:13 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

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.

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Revitalizing suggestions he made in his 2011, Obama wants to give private companies and government agencies the tools they need to combat cyber threats. The president hopes new cooperation between private sectors and government agencies will help keep Ame

Obama on Cybersecurity

January 20, 2015 2:36 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor and Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

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 sam

Cold Hit: New Technology Reveals Old Evidence

January 16, 2015 2:31 pm | by Detective Lindsey Wade | Articles | Comments

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?

For Better Crime Prevention, a Dose of Science

January 16, 2015 2:12 pm | by Tina Rosenberg | Blogs | Comments

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 d

FBI Files Tell How Addicted Agent was Able to Get the Drugs

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Peter Hermann, The Washington Post | News | Comments

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.

Jury Hears DNA, Blood Evidence in Murder Trial

January 16, 2015 12:32 pm | by Lisa Trigg, Tribune Star | News | Comments

No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.                                     

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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 we

Bitcoin Exchange Owner Operated Silk Road Says Defense

January 16, 2015 10:43 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

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.

Bill Would Require DNA Sampling in Misdemeanors

January 16, 2015 10:23 am | by Neal P. Goswami, Rutland Herald | News | Comments

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 a

Federal Agent Explains How He Trapped Silk Road Suspect

January 15, 2015 1:40 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

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,

People Can be Convinced They Committed a Crime that Never Happened

January 15, 2015 11:30 am | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

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.

Real Dread Pirate Roberts behind Silk Road Drugs: Defense

January 14, 2015 1:54 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

Once they got the chance, it took prosecutors less than a minute to point the finger — literally — at Ross Ulbricht.                                      

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Russian Hacking Suspect Seeks Block to Extradition to US

January 13, 2015 1:26 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ruling: Murder-for-hire Evidence in Silk Road Trial Can be Shown

January 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

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.

NC Court of Appeals Upholds Use of Cigarette Butt Evidence

January 9, 2015 8:43 am | by Anne Blythe, Charlotte Observer | News | Comments

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.

Thousands of Drug Convictions at Stake in Massachusetts Case

January 8, 2015 12:54 pm | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 comf

Forensic Holodeck to Transport Jury to Crime Scene

January 8, 2015 11:23 am | by Jessica Hamzelou, New Scientist | News | Comments

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.

Judge Tosses Out Two Types of DNA Evidence in Criminal Cases

January 7, 2015 10:59 am | by Shayna Jacobs, NY Daily News | News | Comments

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 agai

Mayor Didn't Trust State to Review Ohio Boy's Fatal Shooting

January 7, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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

Looking Toward 2015 DNA Collection Laws

January 6, 2015 1:54 pm | by Jennifer Lynch, EFF | News | Comments

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.

Whalen Expert Critical of State DNA Testing

January 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Edith Brady-Lunny, Pantagraph.com | News | Comments

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.

Jury Selection to Get Underway in Marathon Bombing Attacks

January 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

In China, a Rare Criminal Case in Which Evidence Made a Difference

December 30, 2014 12:57 pm | by William Wan, Washington Post | News | Comments

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

Addressing the Impact of Wrongful Convictions on Crime Victims

December 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Seri Irazola, Erin Williamson, Julie Stricker and Emily Niedzwiecki, NIJ | News | Comments

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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