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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

Examining Ways to Reduce Error in Expert Forensic Testimony

July 2, 2015 12:27 pm | by Carolyn Wong, Eyal Aharoni, Gursel Rafig oglu Aliyev and Jacqueline Du Bois, NIJ | News | Comments

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.

Corrupt Silk Road Investigator Pleads Guilty, Admits to $240K Movie Deal

July 2, 2015 12:09 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

Carl Mark Force, the head of a Baltimore-based team of law enforcement that investigated the...

Computer Forensics to Examine Son’s Claims That It was Dad’s Child Porn, Not His

July 2, 2015 8:11 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

A Virginia man serving 10 years for possessing child pornography says the images found on...

Surveillance Court Rules That NSA Can Resume Bulk Data Collection

July 1, 2015 10:14 am | by Charlie Savage, The New York Times | News | Comments

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency...

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The Houston Forensic Science Center board of directors has eight members who are judges, cops and lawyers. But none has spent more time getting an education in the criminal justice system than the ninth and newest member, Anthony Graves.  His degree came

Exonerated Man Goes From Death Row to the Crime Lab Boardroom

June 29, 2015 3:37 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The Houston Forensic Science Center board of directors has eight members who are judges, cops and lawyers. But none has spent more time getting an education in the criminal justice system than the ninth and newest member, Anthony Graves. His degree came from what he describes as “D.R.U.” – “Death Row University.”

NYC to Pay $6.25 Million to Man Cleared in 1989 Killing

NYC to Pay $6.25 Million to Man Cleared in 1989 Killing

June 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said.

A Turkish man has been extradited to the United States to face charges he organized three cyber attacks that resulted in $55 million in losses to the global financial system, U.S. authorities announced on Wednesday.

Accused Turkish Mastermind of $55M Cyber Spree Extradited to US

June 25, 2015 8:34 am | by Nate Raymond, Reuters | News | Comments

A Turkish man has been extradited to the United States to face charges he organized three cyber attacks that resulted in $55 million in losses to the global financial system, U.S. authorities announced on Wednesday.

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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 mist

Crime-Scene DNA Errors Spark Complex Legal Questions

June 24, 2015 11:49 am | by Megan Cassidy, The Arizona Republic | News | Comments

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.

Rare DNA Process Allowed in Whalen Murder Case

June 23, 2015 1:37 pm | by Edith Brady-Lunny, Pantagraph.com | News | Comments

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.

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial were wrapping up their case Friday against James Holmes after eight weeks of testimony in which they sought to show that the former neuroscience student meticulously planned and carried out the 2012 massa

Prosecutors Wrap Up Emotional Case in Theater Shooting Trial

June 19, 2015 1:23 pm | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial were wrapping up their case Friday against James Holmes after eight weeks of testimony in which they sought to show that the former neuroscience student meticulously planned and carried out the 2012 massacre while knowing it was wrong.

S.C. Governor 'Absolutely' Wants Death Penalty in Charleston Church Shooter Case

June 19, 2015 12:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

South Carolina has had lethal injection since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1974. However, no inmates have been executed since 2011. 

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

Murder Suspect's Twin Does Not Have to Give DNA, High Court Rules

June 18, 2015 1:07 pm | by John R. Ellement, The Boston Globe | News | Comments

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.

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One of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictitious horror character has a father who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a defense witness testified Wednesday.

Family History of Schizophrenia Revealed in Slender Man Case

June 18, 2015 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictitious horror character has a father who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a defense witness testified Wednesday.

Former Boy Scout Says His Murder Victim Molested Him 30 Years Ago – Could Face 10 Years

June 17, 2015 3:46 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Fredericks faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the second-degree count of passion-provocation manslaughter in the case, which has polarized the rural New Jersey town where it happened. But there’s a whole other side to the story, stretching back decades.

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

Debate Over DNA Testing Delaying Fate of Texas Killer

June 17, 2015 9:31 am | by Cindy Horswell, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

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.

Lawyers, Status, Public Backlash Aid College Athletes Accused of Crimes

June 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Paula Lavigne, ESPN | News | Comments

As a University of Florida running back, Chris Rainey was named a suspect in five crimes in Gainesville. He faced charges once.

Forensic Scientist Testifies Fibers in Victim's Hair Similar to Distant Carpet

June 11, 2015 2:13 pm | by Rachel Warmke, QCOnline.com | News | Comments

A clump of fibers found in Carrie Olson's hair when her body was found in a wooded area of Minnesota is similar to carpeting found more than 300 miles away, in the home of Timothy McVay, according to testimony on Wednesday.

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Medical examiners don't have to return to families all organs from autopsied bodies or even tell them parts are missing, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.

NY Court: Medical Examiners Don't Have to Return All Organs

June 11, 2015 11:57 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical examiners don't have to return to families all organs from autopsied bodies or even tell them parts are missing, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.

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.

Forensic Expert: DNA Under Victim's Nail in Matthew Case From One Man

June 10, 2015 3:00 pm | by Justin Jouvenal and T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post | News | Comments

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.

Her fiancé, separated from his kayak, struggled in the frigid and choppy waters of the Hudson River, reaching for his paddle to save his life. But prosecutors here in Orange County, New York said on Tuesday that Angelika Graswald moved it away, and was sl

Kayak Suspect Moved Paddle Away as Fiancé Died, Prosecutors Say

June 5, 2015 2:21 pm | by Lisa W. Foderaro and Rick Rojas, The New York Times | News | Comments

Her fiancé, separated from his kayak, struggled in the frigid and choppy waters of the Hudson River, reaching for his paddle to save his life. But prosecutors here in Orange County, New York said on Tuesday that Angelika Graswald moved it away, and was slow to call for help.

New York state's chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies   dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in   popularity and moved into the commercial mainstream.

NY Regulator Issues Final Bitcoin Rules

June 4, 2015 3:04 pm | by Ernie Austin, Newsletter Editor | Articles | Comments

New York state's chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in popularity and moved into the commercial mainstream.

Sex Toy Turns National Spotlight on Civil Asset Forfeiture

June 4, 2015 2:26 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Ginnifer Hency spoke before a Michigan judiciary hearing in May explaining she has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the judge in her case, but still is not been able to retrieve her possession 10 months later.

Texas' highest court for criminal matters on Wednesday took up the issue of whether a state law that allows for new trials in cases where forensic science is flawed also covers mistakes by expert witnesses.

Murder Case Could Set Precedent in 'Junk Science' Writs

June 4, 2015 1:42 pm | by Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

Texas' highest court for criminal matters on Wednesday took up the issue of whether a state law that allows for new trials in cases where forensic science is flawed also covers mistakes by expert witnesses.

Who was the "devious defecator" leaving their "offending fecal matter" across an Atlanta-area warehouse that stored and delivered products for grocery stores?

Hunt for the Rogue Pooper - Company Demands DNA Swabs, Employees Sue

June 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

Who was the "devious defecator" leaving their "offending fecal matter" across an Atlanta-area warehouse that stored and delivered products for grocery stores?

The 4th District Appellate Court has reversed a second McLean County, Illinois drug conviction related to synthetic marijuana. The charges were premised on knowledge that the product marketed as Bulldog Potpourri and sold to a confidential police source c

Conviction Overturned in Synthetic-Marijuana Case

June 4, 2015 12:39 pm | by Edith Brady-Lunny, pantagraph.com | News | Comments

The 4th District Appellate Court has reversed a second McLean County, Illinois drug conviction related to synthetic marijuana. The charges were premised on knowledge that the product marketed as Bulldog Potpourri and sold to a confidential police source contained synthetic marijuana, a banned substance in Illinois.

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.

More Than $100K Needed for Test to ID Identical Twin Rapist

June 3, 2015 1:19 pm | by Ken Kolker, WWLP.com | News | Comments

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.

President Barack Obama has signed legislation reviving and reshaping surveillance laws that expired temporarily Sunday night. The White House says Obama signed the bill late Tuesday evening, hours after the Senate gave its final approval

Obama Signs Bill Remaking NSA Phone Records Program

June 3, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed legislation reviving and reshaping surveillance laws that expired temporarily Sunday night. The White House says Obama signed the bill late Tuesday evening, hours after the Senate gave its final approval.

No Funding for DA’s Police Misconduct Task Force

June 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Alex Emslie, KQED | News | Comments

The district attorney’s office requested funding for several efforts, including $383,315 to pay for a task force investigating misconduct in the San Francisco police and sheriff departments.

The Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. But House leaders warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with pl

NSA Phone Collection Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

June 2, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. But House leaders warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with planned changes to a House version.

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