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Today, the FBI released information on more than 6 million criminal offenses that were submitted to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2016—and for the first time in last year, the annual NIBRS...
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12.11.2017
12:58pm
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Researchers fr­­om Stanford and Duke University examined recent studies on the causes of gun violence in the United States in an effort to find consensus in a body of research that often covers different states or different time periods, making...
by Stanford University
12.11.2017
12:55pm
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Convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, in a letter to the Herald-Journal, said he has more victims who have not been discovered. Earlier this year, Kohlhepp, 46, was convicted of killing seven people and was handed seven life sentences plus 60 years in...
by Daniel J. Gross, Spartanburg Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com
12.11.2017
12:24pm
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California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction. Zavion Johnson, 34, walked out of the Sacramento County jail, where he was being held while his court case was...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
12.11.2017
12:03pm
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A Boise lawmaker is continuing to work on improving sexual assault kit protocols. In the upcoming legislative session, Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) plans to introduce a measure that puts in place a statewide standard for how rape kits are processed and...
by Natalie Shaver, KTVB
12.11.2017
11:38am
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In late November 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Chief Medical Examiner (MAOCME) issued their first official identification of a deceased person based on the accredited use of Rapid DNA in their lab. MAOCME only just recently became accredited for...
by Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate
12.8.2017
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The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld the “earwitness testimony” from the lone survivor in the horrific 2008 quadruple murder and arson in Irvington. The state’s highest court upheld last year’s appellate rejection of the defendant's arguments that the...
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12.8.2017
11:48am
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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found.
by Kevin G. Hall, Miami Herald
12.8.2017
11:16am
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In the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, the number of guns purchased in America spiked compared to baseline levels, and there were 60 additional accidental deaths related to firearms—20 among...
by American Association for the Advancement of Science
12.8.2017
11:01am
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An ex-priest was convicted of murdering a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen on Thursday, more than 57 years after Irene Garza went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen intending to go to confession.
by Associated Press
12.8.2017
10:51am
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Archer Mayor is a death investigator with the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a recently retired detective of the Windham County Sheriff’s Department. He is also the author of the Joe Gunther book series, a series of police procedurals...
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12.8.2017
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A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
12.7.2017
1:33pm
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by Eduardo Neeter, Principal, FactualVR, Inc.
12.7.2017
1:29pm
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The jury made the right decision, considering the testimony and evidence given to them, argues one alternate juror for the high-profile Kate Steinle murder trial. Based on the forensic evidence presented at trial, and how it was argued by San Francisco...
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12.7.2017
1:12pm
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Hours after he sputtered his own accusations at his accuser from the witness stand, a 59-year-old New Orleans landlord was convicted of kidnapping and rape in a case that lay dormant for decades until it was revived by DNA evidence.
by Matt Sledge, The New Orleans Advocate
12.7.2017
12:55pm
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A bag of bones hidden in shrubs in the backyard of a vacant home in the city's Longmead-Puritas neighborhood belong to a young boy who has not been reported missing, officials said on Wednesday.
by Adam Ferrise, Cleveland.com
12.7.2017
12:34pm
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Comparative bullet lead analysis was first used in the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. What a panel of the National Research Council found 40 years after the event contradicted the FBI’s analysis of the evidence...
by Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University via The Conversation
12.7.2017
12:19pm
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The mother who was twice convicted and sentenced to die for the abuse and murder of her toddler in 1990 is now on trial for a third time, after both earlier outcomes were overturned because of errors by prosecutors.
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12.6.2017
12:27pm
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A judge overseeing the federal sentencing of a white former police officer who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist is allowing expert defense testimony about disputed audio and video recordings.
by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
12.6.2017
11:00am
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The deadly suicide bombing at Manchester Arena might have been prevented if information had been handled differently, an independent review of the counter-terrorism performance by British police and intelligence services suggested Tuesday.
by Gregory Katz, Associated Press
12.6.2017
10:43am
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San Joaquin County's chief medical examiner, known nationally as the doctor depicted in the movie "Concussion" about brain injuries among football players, resigned Tuesday over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
12.6.2017
10:39am
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Authorities charged a man Tuesday in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright's bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb.
by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
12.6.2017
10:22am
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The interconnected world has broken down borders for economics—and crime, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech Monday, urging countries to share more crime-solving know-how and information. 
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12.5.2017
12:10pm
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An Oregon fugitive recently arrested at the University of Texas, Arlington, has a history of using aliases and supplied a fake identity to enroll in a graduate program there, authorities said. A 28-page report from University of Texas police detailed a...
by Associated Press
12.5.2017
11:50am
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A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder.
by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
12.5.2017
11:44am
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The Virginia State Crime Commission on Monday endorsed legislation that would add thousands of offender DNA profiles to the state databank. If it becomes law, the DNA-related legislation could add a half-dozen or more misdemeanors to the list of crimes...
by Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch
12.5.2017
11:39am
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Law enforcement officials said members of Guatemala’s Ipala Cartel, a drug trafficking organization named for the city where it is based, shipped large amounts of heroin into the United States, hiding drugs in food, primarily sugar wafers, brownies,...
by Ron Nixon, The New York Times
12.5.2017
11:35am
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The number of criminal cases dropped due to allegations of police misconduct in Baltimore continues to rise, prosecutors said. The alleged misconduct includes body camera videos that appear to show officers planting evidence and a federal indictment of...
by Associated Press
12.5.2017
11:15am
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In a case featuring murder, privacy concerns and First Amendment arguments, an Arkansas judge dismissed charges last week against a man accused of murdering a co-worker. Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith requested a nolle prosequi,...
12.4.2017
12:54pm
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Italy’s leading law enforcement organization and Vanderbilt University are planning to collaborate on research of firearms identification evidence. The Italian State Police and their Scientific Police Department will work in the areas of “physics and...
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12.4.2017
12:24pm
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A hunter who fatally shot a neighbor out walking her dogs after sunset but who claimed he mistook her for a deer was charged on Thursday with manslaughter and hunting after hours.
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12.4.2017
10:49am
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A prosecutor told a jury that he would prove an 85-year-old former Catholic priest murdered a South Texas teacher and ex-beauty queen 57 years ago. The assertion came as the Hidalgo County jury heard opening statements and testimony Thursday in the trial...
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12.4.2017
10:37am
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The potency of certain opioid painkillers has Massachusetts’ judiciary considering whether to ban the substances from being brought into courtrooms as evidence—a move some experts say is driven by a misunderstanding of the real dangers.
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
12.4.2017
10:20am
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The military has identified 100 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago, officials said Friday. The milestone comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up...
by Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
12.4.2017
9:57am
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Thousands of geolocation points, obtained without a probable cause warrant, which helped convict a Chicago man of a string of violent crimes in 2011, are the focus of one of the latest cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Carpenter v. United States could...
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12.1.2017
12:21pm
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The Drug Enforcement Agency probably didn’t envision help for the heroin crisis coming from the department of marine and atmospheric sciences at a Florida university, but that’s exactly how it played out earlier this fall when researchers there turned to...
12.1.2017
11:51am
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Law enforcement agencies across the country are solving an average of 85 percent more burglaries after adopting a new profiling system. The statistics-based program designed at the University of South Florida in Tampa indicates that the manner in which a...
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12.1.2017
11:24am
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Massachusetts prosecutors said Thursday that they will dismiss more than 6,000 convictions tied to a former chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years.
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
12.1.2017
11:02am
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The hunt for U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted fugitive William Joseph Greer is over. Greer's identity was quickly established as a Most Wanted fugitive on the run for 10 years when authorities confirmed he was a missing a toe, a unique physical...
by U.S. Marshals Service
12.1.2017
10:35am
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A jury on Thursday found a Mexican man not guilty in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier that touched off a fierce national immigration debate two years ago, rejecting possible charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree...
by Paul Elias, Associated Press
12.1.2017
10:23am
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