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Illegal marijuana use has risen faster in states that have approved medical marijuana than in states that have not, according to a study published Wednesday. The study claims an additional 1.1 million adult illicit marijuana users may be attributable to...
4.27.2017
1:05pm
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In 2015, a group of inmates at an Ohio prison executed an unbelievable plot—they managed to build two computers, connect to the prison network system, access the internet and plot the beginnings of a cybercrime spree.
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4.27.2017
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For more than 20 years, there have been no solid leads in the case of 12-year-old Jennifer Odom, who was abducted and killed in Hernando County, Florida. Now, investigators say the state's first use of familial DNA in a separate case may have produced a...
by Reginald Roundtree, WTSP
4.27.2017
12:34pm
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A bell tolled the fate of a gunman after a jury on Wednesday condemned him to die for shooting two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks in a late-night ambush, killing one and leaving a second with devastating injuries.
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
4.27.2017
12:05pm
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The Western Australia government is demanding answers after a man was wrongly convicted of a crime over a decade ago because of a DNA mix-up at state-run pathology service PathWest. The DNA analyzed apparently belonged to someone with the same name as...
by Eliza Laschon, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
4.27.2017
11:59am
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As far as witnesses go, the 21st century is producing some interesting ones. First, recordings from an Amazon Echo were used in an Arkansas murder case, and now, police in Connecticut have used a woman’s Fitbit data to disprove her husband’s version of...
4.26.2017
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A moratorium on executions in Oklahoma should be extended until major changes are made to the state's capital punishment system so that an innocent person isn't put to death, a state commission recommended on Tuesday.
by Sean Murphy, Associated Press
4.26.2017
10:28am
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A case study of the cybercrime network known as Avalanche, and of the groundbreaking law enforcement effort that ultimately took it down in December 2016, gives researchers a look at how the cybercriminal underground will operate in the future, and how...
by Frank J. Cilluffo, Alec Nadeau and Rob Wainwright, The Conversation
4.26.2017
10:21am
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A fluke discovery of human bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the nearby...
by Keith Ridler, Associated Press
4.26.2017
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About 8,000 Nevada inmates are not in CODIS or other DNA databases, due to a loophole in Nevada law. These inmates were locked up before standard genetic collection began in the 1990s, and the law was never enforced retroactively. Efforts are underway...
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4.25.2017
5:02pm
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The surviving sons of David Spence, who was convicted and sentenced to death for two of the three homicides that made up the 1982 Lake Waco Murders, have filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas. Jason and Joel Spence claim their father and the other...
by Stephen Adams, KCEN
4.25.2017
12:16pm
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A former state forensic scientist was sentenced Monday to spend up to life behind bars for sexually abusing two children. Michael Hepworth, 55, was given the maximum sentence for each of the five counts and will serve the sentences concurrently.
by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune
4.25.2017
12:07pm
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Court fines, fees, surcharges and even the interest on unpaid penalties have been nickel-and-diming those arrested for crimes in the United States for decades. But the impact on the wallets of the accused and convicted has been disproportionate across...
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4.25.2017
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In one convoluted night, Arkansas successfully carried out the first double execution in the United States in 16 years, and the state’s first lethal injection in 12 years. This comes amid Arkansas’ legal battle to execute eight inmates over 11 days...
4.25.2017
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Video of a man hit and killed by a train in Puyallup, Washington has led to a dispute between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark. Clark said his investigators need a copy of the video to determine the...
by Alexis Krell, The News Tribune
4.25.2017
11:37am
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The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Monday about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago.
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
4.25.2017
9:46am
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Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
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4.24.2017
11:39am
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A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old Baton Rouge rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, several items, including the rape kit, have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s.
by Steve Hardy, The Advocate
4.24.2017
11:29am
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A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card...
by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press
4.24.2017
11:03am
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Australian scientists are using specialist DNA technology to identify the remains of soldiers dating back to World War I. Bone fragments from 10 soldiers who served in France and Papua New Guinea are being tested in a process that until now was...
by Nicole Chettle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
4.24.2017
10:57am
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The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is the only national park with...
by Astrid Galvan, Associated Press
4.24.2017
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A Tennessee sheriff admitted to soliciting sex from inmates in his jail in exchange for cigarettes, extra visitation and trips out from behind bars, according to federal authorities. Charles Cravens, 47, pleaded guilty to four counts related to the...
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4.21.2017
4:46pm
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While most unidentified bodies are meticulously added the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), only a fraction of people who disappear are ever added. One Tennessee bill, if signed into law, would require authorities to enter every...
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4.21.2017
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Yesterday, the FDA under the Trump administration formally blocked the shipment of thousands of vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic now banned in the U.S., that was headed to Texas and Arizona from India for the purpose of executions.
4.21.2017
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Forensic brainwave analysis—or “brain fingerprinting”—could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project has found. Brain fingerprinting measures involuntary brainwave responses...
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4.21.2017
10:22am
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Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from. Within minutes, the alleged gunman in the deadly rampage was under arrest.
by Scott Smith, Associated Press
4.21.2017
8:53am
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After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found Thursday near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and Tad Cummins, the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her, was arrested, authorities said.
by Sheila Burke, Associated Press
4.20.2017
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An Ohio man pleaded guilty to circulating a “kill list” of U.S. military members—calling for jihadi violence on American soil. Terrence J. McNeil, 24, will face 15-20 years in federal prison for reposting the solicitations of violence on Tumblr.
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4.20.2017
12:26pm
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. The 7-1 decision sided with two people whose convictions...
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4.20.2017
12:18pm
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The facial reconstruction of a man whose skeletal remains were found more than 27 years ago were released Wednesday by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Justice. The man, found on July 19, 1989, is believed to have been murdered.
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4.20.2017
12:11pm
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As the physical world is becoming increasingly connected to the virtual world, the lines between cybersecurity and “real” security are becoming blurred. Recent cases of interference with emergency alarms and 911 systems highlight the threat to public...
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4.20.2017
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A man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper's rifle was convicted of capital murder on Wednesday in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution.
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
4.20.2017
9:25am
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The Maryland governor signed a bill yesterday that will no longer require survivors of sexual assault to prove that they fought back against their assailant in order to press charges. The “no means no” bill was one of several crime-focused bills Governor...
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4.19.2017
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None of the hairs clutched in Barbara Vernieri's hand belonged to the man being charged with killing her and burning her body, a New Jersey state police forensic scientist testified Tuesday. Prosecutors allege that Daniel Rochat killed Vernieri in her...
by Andrew Wyrich and Kaitlyn Kanzler, NorthJersey.com
4.19.2017
10:18am
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Maintaining the yards of vacant properties helps reduce crime rates in urban neighborhoods, indicates a new study. The study overlaid nine years of crime statistics in Flint, Michigan, with data from a greening program where thousands of abandoned lots...
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4.19.2017
9:50am
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Police are calling the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam suspicious because there is no clear indication of suicide or criminality. An autopsy is planned for the 65-year-old appeals court judge, whose body washed up on the shore of the Hudson River last...
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4.19.2017
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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday while serving a life sentence for murder, authorities said. His death comes just days after he was acquitted of a double murder.
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
4.19.2017
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The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, police said. Authorities say officers spotted Steve Stephens and tried to pull him over, and, after a brief...
by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press
4.18.2017
12:24pm
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The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in January that all cases on which disgraced forensic scientist Annie Dookhan worked had to be reconsidered by April 18, 2017. The staggering load is 24,000 cases, according to some estimates.
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4.18.2017
12:20pm
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will crack down on violent gangs. Sessions on Tuesday called out one organization, the MS-13 street gang, members of which are suspected in the killings of four people last week in Long Island.
by CBS/AP
4.18.2017
12:12pm
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