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Early this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of convicted sex offender Lester Packingham, who argued that the state of North Carolina’s ban of registered sex offenders from all social networking sites violated his First Amendment rights.
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6.23.2017
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The best intentions at the highest levels of forensic science are still being lost on the consumer – the lawyers and judges.
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6.23.2017
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Famed pilot Amelia Earhart went missing almost 80 years ago—but the search for her remains hasn’t ceased. A specialized expedition was set to embark Saturday on a journey to a remote island in yet another attempt to find her.
by Juliana Rose Pignataro, International Business Times
6.23.2017
10:37am
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Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people. In its most detailed briefing on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents'...
by Danica Kirka, Associated Press
6.23.2017
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Sunday's fatal shooting of a mentally ill pregnant mother, who police say was armed with two knives, after she called in a burglary at her apartment illustrates the potential limits of crisis intervention training.
by Gene Johnson and Phuong Le, Associated Press
6.23.2017
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The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday.
by Todd Richmond and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
6.23.2017
10:09am
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6.22.2017
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The shooter of the congressional baseball practice carried a list with the names of six members of Congress at the time of his attack—and shortly before opening fire he asked a witness whether the team out on the field was one of Democrats or Republicans...
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6.22.2017
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A new paper out of the University of Minnesota argues neuroscientific evidence is the AFIS of today—with empirical studies on the subject rising and an overall trend toward more brain evidence in courts in the coming years.
6.22.2017
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More than six months after the Dec. 2 blaze at a warehouse that authorities said was illegally converted into living quarters, the Oakland Fire Department has released a 50-page report filled with harrowing details of death and panic as the flames and...
by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
6.22.2017
10:51am
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Police are waiting on the results of forensic tests on the body of a Muslim teenager who found bludgeoned to death and dumped in a pond on Sunday, in an attempt to determine whether she was sexually assaulted. A 22-year-old suspect is currently being...
by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
6.22.2017
10:21am
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Freedom awaits a man imprisoned for 36 years before a federal judge threw out his murder conviction and life sentence for a newspaper editor’s stabbing in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
by Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
6.22.2017
9:46am
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In a new study, researchers determined that there has been a shift toward more lethal weapons that appear to be designed primarily for self-defense, rather than recreational use, such as hunting, target shooting or other forms of recreation.
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6.22.2017
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Twelve U.S. cities struggling with high violent crime rates will be the first to join the National Public Safety Partnership, a Department of Justice initiative announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.
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6.21.2017
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The preliminary conclusion in a woman's violent death was that she had been killed in a gruesome way: by use of a riding reel lawn mower. But the detailed investigation by a team of experts, published in the latest Journal of Forensic Sciences, came upon...
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6.21.2017
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In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas.
by Debora Rey, Associated Press
6.21.2017
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Belgium tightened security even more on Wednesday to counter fears that lone attackers could strike anywhere and at any time, a day after a failed bombing by a man shouting "Allahu akbar" at a Brussels train station put the nation on edge.
by Lorne Cook and Raf Casert, Associated Press
6.21.2017
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A brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children sought to impregnate women to create more victims and had been suspected of molesting youngsters for two decades, Northern California prosecutors said Monday.
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6.21.2017
8:46am
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The moment of truth for a notorious suspected “chameleon” serial killer in 2002 came when his fingerprints matched his identity from more than a decade before with the unexpected speed of the latest Advanced Fingerprint Identification System.
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6.20.2017
5:36pm
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The University of New Haven has set up what it envisions to be the major hub to connect cyber forensics teams the world over: the Artifact Genome Project. Artifacts are traces of digital history that could tell investigators a story of crime.
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6.20.2017
12:37pm
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Pacemakers and other cardiac devices can help solve forensic cases, according to a study presented today at a European Society of Cardiology congress. Devices revealed the time and cause of death in some cases where autopsy failed to do so.
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6.20.2017
12:24pm
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A coroner's office in Ohio is investigating the death of a 22-year-old college student who died less than a week after his return to the U.S. after nearly a year and a half in North Korean detention, a spokesman said Tuesday.
by Dan Sewell, Associated Press
6.20.2017
12:02pm
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For years, investigators have relied on the Paint Data Query database to identify the make of a vehicle by matching the physical attributes, chemical composition and infrared spectrum of the paint, primers and clear coating layers. National Institute of...
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6.20.2017
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A top New York State forensic science body on Friday approved the use of the emerging DNA technique of familial searching, a method used in 10 other states that has led to the solving of numerous cold case murders.
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
6.20.2017
9:11am
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Firearms are the third-leading cause of death of U.S. children, taking approximately 1,300 lives annually and injuring another 6,000 each year. More than half the deaths are homicides, according to a study published today.
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6.19.2017
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Facebook inadvertently exposed the personal details of content moderators to suspected terrorist users, according to a report by The Guardian. The security lapse affected more than 1,000 workers across 22 departments at Facebook who used the company’s...
by Olivia Solon, The Guardian US
6.19.2017
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A year ago, Oregon officials sent 2,800 untested rape kits to a Utah laboratory because the state couldn't handle them all. About half of those have now been processed, but the state is now dealing with a new backlog of untested kits. The number of...
by Lauren E. Hernandez, Statesman Journal
6.19.2017
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Desperate families have secured court orders to force postmortems at Gauteng state mortuaries in South Africa, in order to get the bodies of loved ones released for burial‚ the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. About 180 forensic assistants in the...
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6.19.2017
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Analyzing what may be the largest trove of traffic stop data ever assembled, Stanford researchers found that black and Hispanic drivers were more likely than white drivers to be cited, searched and arrested after being stopped. The researchers are...
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6.19.2017
9:28am
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The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims. Firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing complex...
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6.19.2017
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A woman who sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers was convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in a trial that raised questions about whether words can kill.
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6.16.2017
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For those selling counterfeit versions of luxury brand name goods, their dream counterfeit domain name is just a few clicks away. A recent research report delves into the prevalence and nature of fraudulent domains and how easy it can be to obtain them.
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6.16.2017
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When investigating a burglary, is it necessary to do a full comparison of dozens of latent prints left on a doorknob by the homeowner, their children and their friends? The Houston Forensic Science Center says there is a better way. They have found a...
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6.16.2017
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Three sources close to the investigation into the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, in which 13 masterpieces were stolen, revealed that essential evidence to the case had disappeared. The duct tape and handcuffs used by the perpetrators,...
by Kristin LaFratta, MassLive.com
6.16.2017
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A Detroit man who spent four decades in prison was freed on Thursday after prosecutors agreed that his 1976 murder conviction hinged on the flimsiest of evidence: a single hair. Ledura Watkins, 61, walked out of the Wayne County Jail in downtown Detroit...
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6.16.2017
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Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured after a chase and being held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.
by Kate Brumback and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
6.16.2017
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The skeleton of a child was found in a blue metal box in 1976, in the basement storage area of an upstate New York apartment complex. Now, thanks to a new forensic analysis of the unidentified body, investigators have DNA, a gender, a facial...
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6.15.2017
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Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was captured Wednesday night in South Dakota after being on the run for nearly a year after escaping from home confinement in Utah pending trial on food stamp fraud charges.
by Brady McCombs and James Nord, Associated Press
6.15.2017
11:33am
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Forensic experts have spoken of the extraordinarily complex investigation that lies ahead at Grenfell Tower and predicted that establishing the causes of the devastating fire will take months.
by Hannah Devlin, The Guardian
6.15.2017
11:19am
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Five people, including the head of Michigan's health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires' disease.
by David Eggert, Associated Press
6.15.2017
10:48am
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