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A Maryland man has been indicted in Texas on a hate-crime charge after a Twitter message containing a strobing GIF induced a seizure in a Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy. A grand jury described a tweet and GIF in the case as a “deadly weapon.”
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3.23.2017
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Recovering a body from water is often challenging, but by increasingly combining technology with traditional methods such as diving, investigators are getting better at it—greatly boosting their chances of discovering victims of homicide or accidental...
by Alastair Ruffell, Queen's University Belfast
3.23.2017
10:28am
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A U.S. appeals court has rejected a fired police sergeant's stance that forcing him to unlock his encrypted computer files in a child porn investigation would violate his constitutional rights. The former officer has been jailed for 18 months for...
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
3.23.2017
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A prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that Rachel Kinsella put her 9-year-old son at “death’s door” by poisoning him for almost a year. Kinsella’s defense lawyer says the mere presence of medication in the boy’s blood does not prove she poisoned him.
by Joel Currier, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
3.23.2017
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Changes accumulate in DNA expression over the course of a lifetime. The minute changes may have a forensic application, to determine the age of suspects from blood and saliva samples at crime scenes, according to a new series of experiments.
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3.22.2017
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Virginia's governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four," ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. The governor granted absolute pardons for...
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
3.22.2017
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Philadelphia’s top prosecutor is facing bribery, extortion and wire fraud charges stemming from alleged bribes he accepted from two business owners and fraud committed against a family member and their friends, the U.S. Department of Justice announced...
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3.22.2017
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The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. The jury found Cadden wasn't...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
3.22.2017
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It played out in front of a packed hotel ballroom of some 800 people at last year’s International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Minneapolis: the unexpected reunion between the survivor of a brutal serial rapist and the forensic analyst who...
by Karen Burkhartzmeyer, Promega Corporation
3.22.2017
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A 15-year-old Tennessee girl could be in danger, a week after she apparently disappeared with her 50-year-old teacher. An Amber Alert is still in effect for Elizabeth Thomas, a student at Culleoka Unit School, and 50-year-old Tad Cummins, a teacher at...
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3.21.2017
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A pilot program called E-Responder, which de-escalates youths’ virtual vendettas before they turn into real-life violence, will now expand to an additional 18 sites across New York City. Last year, the Crime Commission trained 26 anti-violence...
3.21.2017
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A Los Angeles County judge ruled Monday that four social workers should stand trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were assigned to protect, allowing prosecutors to push ahead with a case that has sent a...
by Melissa Etehad and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
3.21.2017
10:24am
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Google says it will fight a search warrant seeking information about anyone who searched the name of a financial crime victim on the search engine in December and early January. Police in Edina, Minnesota, told the judge they found that a fake photo used...
by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal
3.21.2017
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Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek offers advice for attorneys seeking an expert witness in the field of forensic pathology. Some of these questions include: Are they certified? Where were they educated? and Do they already have experience testifying?
by Judy Melinek, M.D.
3.20.2017
4:51pm
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During an update on officer shootings, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed that 60-year-old Raymond Durham is now a prime suspect in the murder of Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose. DNA evidence linked the suspect involved in the shooting of two...
by Breanne Palmerini, WXYZ
3.20.2017
12:05pm
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The FBI is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, FBI Director James Comey told Congress today. Comey also said there is no evidence that former President Barack Obama "tapped" President Donald Trump's phones...
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3.20.2017
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Investigators commonly use body temperature to estimate how long it's been since a person died—which can be essential in solving a murder, for example. However, the relationship between body temperature and time may not always be so straightforward.
by Sarah Fecht, Popular Science
3.20.2017
11:09am
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Two men and a woman will have drug charges against them dropped after a state forensics lab lost evidence needed to prosecute them, officials said Friday. An envelope containing suboxone, a narcotic involved in the case, went missing after being tested.
by Kirsten Fiscus, The Anniston Star
3.20.2017
10:12am
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Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and outlandish that investigators first thought his victims were carrying out a bizarre hoax. The Harvard University-trained lawyer and former Marine was discovered...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
3.20.2017
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With virtually everyone having a computer and internet access, each day more individuals, businesses and government entities potentially leave themselves vulnerable to cybercrime. Unless a computer and its network utilize very sophisticated security...
by John J. Barbara
3.20.2017
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A Texas bill heard by lawmakers this week would establish a program to crowdfund the testing of thousands of backlogged rape kits in the state. With a lack of sufficient state funding to test all of the kits, proponents of the bill hope donations will...
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3.17.2017
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The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences achieved two major milestones this month: opening a massive $75 million facility which was a decade in the making, and receiving continued accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners.
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3.17.2017
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The Stark County coroner in Canton, Ohio had a "cold storage mass casualty trailer" trucked-in last weekend because the morgue was overflowing with bodies, nearly half of them victims of drug overdoses. As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the...
by Corky Siemaszko, NBC News
3.17.2017
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A project at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is racing against time to preserve decaying films of Cold War atomic blasts—and they’re finding that the data that was reached from the manual assessment of the footage decades ago was wildly...
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3.17.2017
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A "magic box" recently acquired by the Bensalem Police Department in Pennsylvania will enable the department to solve some crimes within about 90 minutes, said the Bucks County district attorney as he unveiled the new rapid-result DNA testing device...
by Peg Quann, Bucks County Courier Times
3.17.2017
10:37am
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A woman charged with drowning her two youngest sons in their bathtub because she wanted to be a better mother to their older brother was found guilty but mentally ill of third-degree murder. She'll begin any sentence in a state mental hospital and then...
by Joe Mandak, Associated Press
3.17.2017
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A new set of filters improving the ability to comb through terabytes of data and hundreds of thousands of hours of video is now under development by computer scientists, and may help law enforcement identify child pornography more efficiently.
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3.16.2017
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A mysterious hunting accident provided a new test for wildlife forensics. Alain Frantz is a population geneticist—not a detective or forensics expert. But when the case of a dead hunting dog fell in his lap, Frantz used his expertise to help solve it.
by Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic
3.16.2017
11:27am
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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of obstructing an FBI investigation into corrupt guards who took bribes to smuggle contraband into the jails he ran and savagely beat inmates. The verdict was the 21st and final...
by Brian Melley, Associated Press
3.16.2017
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CSI supervisors and managers are frequently caught in the middle between non-forensic upper management and employees who want the latest, greatest equipment. Fortunately, there are ways to stretch your budget.
by Owen McDonnell
3.16.2017
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Two Russian intelligence agents and a pair of hired hackers have been charged in a devastating criminal breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts, the Justice Department said Wednesday in bringing the first case of its kind...
by Eric Tucker, Associated Press
3.16.2017
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More than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz, prosecutors said Tuesday. Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler said the clandestine pits...
by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
3.15.2017
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Known as the Acid Bath Murderer, John George Haigh was a serial killer more famous for his method of corpse disposal than how many people he killed. Haigh murdered at least six people between 1944 and 1949 and used sulphuric acid to disappear their...
by Dolly Stolze
3.15.2017
12:07pm
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Sound waves could be used to hack into critical sensors in a broad array of technologies including smartphones, automobiles and medical devices, according to new research. With a $5 speaker researchers fooled hardware sensors called accelerometers in a...
by University of Michigan
3.15.2017
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In cases of animal cruelty, such as abuse, neglect or animal fighting, the ASPCA cooperates with police and prosecutors by conducting forensic examinations of animals, looking at their physical health, their behavior and for any signs of trauma.
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3.15.2017
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A group of doctors who treated mass shooting victims is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The group of 10 doctors said makers of military-style rifles...
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3.15.2017
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A man accused of killing three women and attempting to murder a fourth was tracked via his cellphone to locations near where at least two of the women's bodies were discovered, according to a court document filed by prosecutors.
by David Porter, Associated Press
3.14.2017
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In assault cases, when it’s a victim’s word against the abuser’s, medical evidence can make or break a criminal case. Due to a grant from the state Office of Emergency Services, some domestic violence victims in San Diego will have access to the same...
by Lyndsay Winkley, The San Diego Union-Tribune
3.14.2017
10:48am
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A Russian whistleblower who had uncovered claims of large-scale corruption had traces of a poisonous plant in his stomach lining, an inquest has heard. Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, had been out jogging near his home in England when he collapsed and died.
by Fiona Keating, International Business Times
3.14.2017
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Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of a Minnesota man exposed by The Associated Press as a former commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II, prosecutors said Monday.
by Monika Scislowska and David Rising, Associated Press
3.14.2017
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