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A former caseworker faces forgery and other charges for false reporting interviews with victims, family members or witnesses in 12 cases of alleged child abuse or neglect, prosecutors said on Monday.
by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
9.19.2017
12:03pm
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Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, about 22 miles west of Boston, is to go on trial Tuesday for his role in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened...
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
9.19.2017
11:58am
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The number of patients being referred to the criminal wards at Washington’s congested psychiatric hospitals has soared in the last year, a trend that has befuddled state officials and prompted them to scramble for answers.
by Walker Orenstein, The News Tribune
9.19.2017
11:55am
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Guns, ammunition, a Molotov cocktail and a school yearbook with pictures of faces marked with X’s were seized by police from the home of a Washington state high school sophomore accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding three other students,...
by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press
9.19.2017
11:44am
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Two long-imprisoned men were granted new trials Friday in a deadly 1993 video store robbery, after recent DNA tests on an important piece of evidence matched a man never connected to the case before.
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
9.19.2017
11:14am
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The use of genetic data to establish a physiological basis for violent or impulsive criminal behaviors is occurring more frequently in criminal trials. However, a new review finds that genetic evidence used in the courtroom is not likely to be effective...
by Columbia University Medical Center
9.18.2017
12:29pm
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In 1991, a jury convicted Darnell Phillips of raping a 10-year-old girl. Several years ago, the Innocence Project took up his case using DNA evidence. Last Wednesday, an Innocence Project attorney took the latest DNA evidence to a judge. This evidence...
by Matt Gregory, WAVY-TV
9.18.2017
12:19pm
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Criminal trials can be won or lost based on what happens outside the presence of the jury, when lawyers do battle over what evidence they can present. That has been the case at the trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and the donor accused of bribing him,...
by David Porter, Associated Press
9.18.2017
12:11pm
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The Department of Justice will roll back some Obama-era oversight on local police departments, according to an announcement on Friday. The Collaborative Reform Initiative of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office) will be changed...
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9.18.2017
11:57am
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A new forensic lab launched in central Somalia could transform how the Puntland state government handles cases of rape and gender-based violence, and possibly create a model for the rest of the country to follow.
by Neha Wadekar, Voice of America News
9.18.2017
11:03am
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A Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man will avoid prison after a jury determined that she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.
by Todd Richmond, Associated Press
9.18.2017
10:37am
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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have released the first facial reconstruction of a young girl found deceased in a black suitcase in a field in Madisonville, Texas on Sept. 17, 2016. Authorities...
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9.15.2017
12:38pm
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"Decades of overstatement of latent print examiners” has led to unrealistically high expectations of judges and juries when it comes to the forensic science of fingerprinting, according to a new report by the American Association for the Advancement of...
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9.15.2017
12:16pm
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A judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of murder in the 2011 killing of a black drug suspect, a decision that could spark protests with National Guard troops on standby.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
9.15.2017
11:07am
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Catherine Hoggle, the Montgomery County, Maryland mother of two children who vanished in 2014, was indicted on two counts of murder. Hoggle’s children, Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, were 3 and 2 years old when they went missing in 2014 and have never been...
by Reem Nadeem, WTOP
9.15.2017
10:52am
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Police released bodycam footage Thursday showing the tense buildup to the fatal shooting of a man holding a knife and what turned out to be a fake gun, though the cameras didn't capture a clear picture of the moment when officers opened fire. It was the...
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
9.15.2017
9:55am
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Safety measures such as the use of USB “condoms” that block data lines but leave power lines open can protect users from some conventional attacks, such as spying from untrusted public charging stations. But what if USB devices could steal information...
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9.15.2017
9:17am
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A man imprisoned for 16 years for a double murder is today free, after a fifth murder trial found him not guilty. Selwyn Days had been arrested and convicted twice for the 1996 killings of Archie Harris, 79, and his home health aide Betty Ramcharan. But...
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9.14.2017
12:47pm
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The severity of potential negative health outcomes in electronic dance music (EDM) party environments makes data on both known and unknown drug use critical to further prevention and harm reduction efforts. Conclusions of a new NYU study confirm EDM...
by New York University
9.14.2017
12:32pm
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A young woman was found dead in a hotel freezer on the outskirts of Chicago over the weekend, and the many unanswered questions surrounding the investigation have led to widespread speculation.
by Jacey Fortin, The New York Times
9.14.2017
12:24pm
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An unusual, 11th-hour attempt to put an Amtrak engineer behind bars for a deadly 2015 derailment in Philadelphia unraveled Tuesday as a judge dismissed the case without trial because he found the evidence pointed to an accident, not negligence.
by Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press
9.14.2017
12:17pm
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No mold has been detected inside the 520 rape kits sent out for testing since the Austin Police Department discovered a mold-like substance growing on 849 of their backlogged kits in April. But the crime lab saga is far from over.
by Sarah Marloff, The Austin Chronicle
9.14.2017
11:48am
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Two new features of the upcoming iOS 11 system update for Apple devices will make it more difficult for law enforcement to unlock seized devices and extract data from devices that are already unlocked.
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9.13.2017
12:09pm
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A trail of blood ultimately connected the dots for Italian investigators—it showed several minutes of the deceased attempting to cover up the scene of a self-inflicted stabbing, as described in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
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9.13.2017
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The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won't bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and...
by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press
9.13.2017
9:13am
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A killer who was found guilty of killing two women in the 1990s could be tied to at least one of the victims at the infamous Gilgo Beach dumping site on Long Island, according to a prosecutor.
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9.12.2017
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The goal of molecular geneticist and forensic scientist David Foran's research is to develop a “soil individualization technique” that would allow a forensic expert to produce objective, statistical data to conclusively show, for example, that the soil...
by Jim Dawson
9.12.2017
4:15pm
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In 2010, Lawrence David Butterfield was arrested and charged with stabbing his roommate to death. Voices had told him to kill, he told the arresting officer. Doctors at Western State Hospital concluded that the disturbed man was not competent to stand...
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9.12.2017
12:50pm
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The 60-year-old suspect in the cold case killings of two young sisters who went missing from a Maryland mall over four decades ago has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 48 years in prison for their murders. Sheila Lyon, 12, and Katherine Lyon, 10,...
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9.12.2017
12:28pm
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The challenge of tackling a rape kit backlog and the advantage of a new facility equipped with advanced technology have come together at the Unified State Laboratories in Utah, where forensic scientists are using robotics and automation to speed up...
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9.12.2017
11:00am
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Equipped with a $750,000 grant, MSU researchers hope to save more lives with more efficient underwater search-and-rescue missions through the joint efforts of humans and robots.
by Michigan State University
9.12.2017
10:53am
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A U.S. citizen accused of abandoning his birth nation to fight for al-Qaida was to be put on trial Tuesday, a day after the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in a case that hinges partly on fingerprints found on an unexploded bomb.
by Tom Hays, Associated Press
9.12.2017
10:49am
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A mass grave holds the remains of 400 children who died in an orphanage run by Catholic nuns in Scotland over the course of a century, according to a new investigation by British journalists.
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9.11.2017
12:36pm
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Facial recognition and identification is hard enough. Throw in suspects donning sunglasses, hats, scarves, wigs, glasses, etc., and it becomes a completely different animal. But researchers have proposed and tested a new platform that can achieve an 85...
9.11.2017
12:35pm
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A promising project between the Department of Homeland Security and a Silicon Valley company called NVS Technologies was abruptly halted in February 2014—six months before NVS engineers were due to deliver prototypes of a device that would swiftly...
by David William, Los Angeles Times
9.11.2017
11:55am
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The death of 20-year-old Holly Bobo, a talented, church-going nursing student everyone seemed to like, transformed a peaceful Decatur County town of about 2,400 people into a panicked whirlwind. Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of Zachary...
by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
9.11.2017
11:45am
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With 40 percent of the victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center still unidentified, experts are holding out hope that improvements in DNA-analysis methods will allow future identification of at least some of the remains of 1,112 victims...
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
9.11.2017
11:12am
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On Sunday, Sept. 17, 25 years after her disappearance, Misty Copsey will speak—in spirit. In a double-barrelled social media push, the Puyallup Police Department will devote its Facebook and Twitter feeds to the 14-year-old who vanished after a visit to...
by Sean Robinson, Associated Press
9.11.2017
10:47am
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The Houston Forensic Science Center braced for Hurricane Harvey two weeks ago. Two hundred staff members pitched in, some lugging 500 pounds of dry ice in case of long-term loss of power and refrigeration, others unwinding 80,000 square feet of plastic...
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9.8.2017
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On July 6, 1992 the body of transgender and gay rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was pulled from murky waters of the Hudson River.
by Dolly Stolze
9.8.2017
12:27pm
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