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A reward of $30,000 is being offered to identify the killer of a dog who was found stabbed over 50 times, beaten and stuffed in a suitcase in Hollywood, Florida last week.
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10.18.2017
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A federal judge in Chicago is the latest to weigh in on still-disputed legal questions about whether law enforcement can order suspects to put their fingers on fingerprint sensors to unlock a smartphone, concluding it’s not necessarily a violation of...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
10.18.2017
12:34pm
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Over a year ago, a group of students in Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) began working to propel forensic science reform in Massachusetts. On Oct. 2, the students’ work on forensic science reform culminated in a Wrongful...
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10.18.2017
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Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five others, Justice Department officials...
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
10.18.2017
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Orlando police noticed some crystals on the floorboard of the car 64-year-old Daniel Rushing during a search, and when they used a field testing kit, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Rushing told the officers the substance was...
by Laurel Wamsley, NPR
10.17.2017
1:46pm
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A Dutch forensic team arrived in Malta on Tuesday to help investigate the car bomb slaying of a journalist who scrutinized the country's top politicians and other powerful figures, an official said, as angry Maltese demanded the truth about who killed...
by Stephen Calleja and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
10.17.2017
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In Ohio, the rate of “hits” in CODIS from tested rape kits is higher than just about any other state. But a CODIS hit doesn’t mean detectives are immediately hot on the trail of a serial rapist. That’s just the beginning of a new investigation. And...
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10.17.2017
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The head of a state crime lab office was fired Monday after investigators found that staff withheld exculpatory evidence from defense lawyers in thousands of drunken-driving cases since 2011, a disclosure that could threaten many convictions.
by Aimee Ortiz and Maria Cramer, The Boston Globe
10.17.2017
12:04pm
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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government's authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S.
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
10.17.2017
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Familial searching, partial matching and lineage searches are in use in many states, and continue to gain ground, according to a series of papers produced for the Office of Justice Programs by the ICF consulting firm.
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10.16.2017
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Search and rescue crews, accompanied by search dogs and forensic anthropologists, continue searching the ruins of California's wildfires for human remains. At least 40 people have been killed and 74 remain missing after the fires blazed through Northern...
by Sam Gross, USA Today
10.16.2017
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The gunman who sprayed more than 1,000 bullets into a Las Vegas country music concert also took shots at jet fuel tanks and targeted police officers responding to the scene, investigators said Friday in portraying a killer who seemed determined to...
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a raid to free the family.
by Rob Gillies and Patrick Lejtenyi, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A New Jersey man was convicted Monday of planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated in a bustling neighborhood on a weekend night last summer.
by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials and...
by Dave Collins, Associated Press
10.16.2017
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A new study by two statisticians at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) contends likelihood ratios should not be used in American courtrooms—since the attempt at objectivity is actually only a mathematical model of an expert’s...
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10.13.2017
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A Greensburg, Pennsylvania man allegedly had an 8-year-old boy twice provide him with urine so he could pass a drug test, according to child endangerment allegations filed Wednesday.
by Renatta Signorini, TribLIVE
10.13.2017
11:33am
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New research published in the open access peer-reviewed journal PeerJ uses law enforcement data collected from 2010 to 2015 to understand the geographical distribution of the illegal use of natural resources across the region's protected area network.
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10.13.2017
11:27am
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Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein now that some 30 women have accused the Hollywood film producer of inappropriate conduct.
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
10.13.2017
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Authorities early Friday identified two employees killed during an attempted inmate escape from a North Carolina prison. Justin Smith, 35, and Veronica Darden, 50, were killed after inmates started a fire at the prison sewing plant in an attempt to...
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10.13.2017
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The image of a woman’s face, and a clip of her saying “you can’t play with this” in Vietnamese, were pulled from a child porn video. Now the hunt is on for “Jane Doe 39”—the latest suspected abuser of children sought in the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and...
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10.12.2017
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A forensic interview with a 2-year-old girl, believed to be the youngest person to ever give evidence for a U.K. criminal court, helped prosecutors send a child sexual abuser to prison for 10 years.
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10.12.2017
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Attorneys for an inmate convicted in a prison guard’s death are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his Thursday evening execution. Robert Pruett’s lawyers want justices to review whether lower courts properly denied a federal civil rights lawsuit that...
by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
10.12.2017
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New research from the University of Missouri has shown that offenders with genetic mental disorders that predispose them to criminal behavior are judged more negatively than mentally disordered offenders whose criminal behavior may have been caused by...
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10.12.2017
10:42am
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Covert security tests of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s two campuses revealed potentially dangerous gaps, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.
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10.12.2017
10:38am
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The California appellate court has ordered convicted murderer Florencio Jose Dominguez to be re-tried, or released—since the DNA mixture evidence presented at his second trial was already “invalid,” the judge ruled.
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10.11.2017
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The trove of digital evidence in Ahmad Khan Rahimi’s ongoing federal trial is meant to provide airtight proof he was behind a 2016 attack that injured 30 people, but it also dramatically demonstrates the growing omnipresence of security cameras.
by Tom Hays and Colleen Long, Associated Press
10.11.2017
12:30pm
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A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.
by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press
10.11.2017
12:18pm
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The night a 19-year-old Mississippi woman was burned to death, she and her killer had sex in her car and he thought he had suffocated her before he torched her vehicle with her inside, a prosecutor said Tuesday in an opening statement, presenting his...
by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
10.11.2017
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Official death certificates in the U.S. failed to count more than half of the people killed by police in 2015—and the problem of undercounting is especially pronounced in lower-income counties and for deaths that are due to Tasers, according to a new...
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10.11.2017
11:20am
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According to preliminary estimates, more than 59,000 people under the age of 50 died last year due to some involvement with drugs. It could be heroin, cocaine, opioids or a variety of new fentanyls that hit the street seemingly every day. The drug crisis...
10.11.2017
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Battelle and its scientists unveiled the results of the first wide forensic science trials of next-generation DNA sequencing last week at the International Symposium for Human Identification. Their verdict for the ISHI crowd: the technology proved itself...
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10.10.2017
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After decades of waiting to know what happened to their relative, Tampa Police officials told the Williams family that they found a DNA match in a jawbone found in 1986. Brenda Williams, a young mother of two, went missing in 1978.
by Tamara Lush, Associated Press
10.10.2017
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New fingerprint technology that can profile a criminal's "lifestyle" could soon be admissible in U.K. court. It's capable of detecting traces of drugs, blood, alcohol, condom lubricants, hair and cleaning products and other substances “of forensic...
by Aatif Sulleyman, The Independent
10.10.2017
11:22am
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New research identifies four factors that help women ex-convicts avoid committing crimes, offering insights that can be used to help former inmates integrate more successfully into their communities after time in prison.
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10.10.2017
11:02am
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Just a few centuries ago, people were convicted of murder based on the idea that a corpse would spontaneously bleed in its killer’s presence.
by Erika Engelhaupt, National Geographic
10.10.2017
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In 2015, Christina Scates began a series of events while researching her own genealogy that appears to have lead to the identification of a female body, possibly that of Linda Pagano, 17, of Akron, found along a river bank in 1975.
by Paula Schleis and Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal
10.9.2017
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Momentum for bystander intervention programs has been building for several years, aided by some widely reported stories of heroic interventions. Though research is still evolving, studies so far suggest it is helping. But now some assault victims and...
by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press
10.9.2017
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Danish divers found the decapitated head, legs and clothes of a Swedish journalist who was killed after going on a trip with an inventor on his submarine, police said Saturday.
by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press
10.9.2017
11:37am
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About 1,000 human skulls collected from Africa during the era of colonialism will be investigated by German antiquities authorities. The “menschliche Uberreste” (human remains) will be scrutinized by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the...
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10.9.2017
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