Crime Lab

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed thousands of cases that may have been impacted by compromised evidence at APD’s now-closed DNA lab.
by KXAN
12:43pm
10.20.2017
Three years of the most serious criminal investigations in Connecticut show that forensic analysis of biological evidence, including DNA, has skyrocketed.
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12:36pm
10.20.2017
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Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday ordered a closer examination of death row inmate Areli Escobar’s claims that shoddy work by the Austin police crime lab compromised evidence in his case.
by Chuck Lindell, American-Statesman
12:49pm
10.19.2017
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
12:04pm
10.17.2017
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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10:38am
10.12.2017
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At the three-year mark the National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking input on its key initiative in establishing standards in forensic science. The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) was...
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4:21pm
10.6.2017
A major forensic partnership between two Florida institutions was announced Thursday, with promises of making a bigger impact beyond the Sunshine State. Florida International University and the National Forensic Science Technology Center announced...
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12:31pm
10.6.2017
The West Virginia Attorney General's Office has announced a $1 million transfer from its Consumer Protection Fund to the State Police Forensic Laboratory to help reduce the backlog of drug identification tests.
by Wendy Holdren, The Register-Herald
1:30pm
10.5.2017
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Twice in recent years, chemists used by the state of Massachusetts to test drugs in criminal cases committed massive misconduct in their testing, affecting tens of thousands of cases. And twice, prosecutors in Massachusetts failed to act promptly to...
by Tom Jackman, The Washington Post
12:31pm
10.4.2017
Industry and academia have teamed up to create the U.K.’s first animal forensic lab, and one of Britain’s most disturbing cases will be their first.
10:51am
9.29.2017
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Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Director Mike Sparks is running for an east Alabama seat in the state Senate. Sparks announced last week he would run for the Republican nomination in Senate District 13, which is represented by Sen. Gerald...
by Mike Cason, AL.com
10:50am
9.26.2017
A petition submitted Wednesday to the state’s highest court seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years.
by Associated Press
1:01pm
9.21.2017
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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
11:03am
9.18.2017
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
11:48am
9.14.2017
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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11:00am
9.12.2017
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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...
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2:22pm
9.8.2017
The case of a man convicted of burglary based largely on forensic blood evidence destroyed by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters went before New York state’s highest court on Thursday.
by Associated Press
10:04am
9.8.2017
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended the director of the Forensic Science Laboratory for his allegedly "misleading and unconfirmed" report on the basis of which the State concluded that the suspicious white substance recovered from the...
by Omar Rashid, The Hindu
11:39am
9.6.2017
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In the aftermath of its lab’s closure, the Austin Police Department will now send a majority of its faulty DNA cases to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to determine if retesting must be done.
by Lisa Dreher, The Daily Texan
12:27pm
9.1.2017
NIST has issued a request for information seeking input on potential changes to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science. The request published last week in the Federal Register includes four concepts for OSAC 2.0 that...
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
11:16am
8.31.2017
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When radioactive material is intercepted at the border, officials need scientific support to determine what it is, if it's dangerous to first responders or the public, and if it's illegal to possess.
by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
11:31am
8.30.2017
Death investigators accustomed to sending biological samples of the unnamed dead to the University of North Texas Health Science Center were stopped from doing so when the program froze for lack of federal funding. But now the money has been...
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10:22am
8.29.2017
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Some forensic science—analysis of bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, burn patterns in arson investigations, footwear patterns and tire treads—was once considered sound, but is now being denounced by some lawyers and scientists...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
9:28am
8.21.2017
The Air Force Technical Applications Center will collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin to conduct research in the field of nuclear forensics. AFTAC and UTA will focus on analyzing short-lived radionuclides using gamma coincidence...
by U.S. Air Force
12:49pm
8.17.2017
In a first, the Director General (Legal and Technical) has asked the Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs) across Maharashtra, India to keep a track of cases in which forensic evidence has been collected. This is to map the role of forensic evidence...
by Rashmi Rajpur, The Indian Express
11:40am
8.14.2017
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Several of the biggest forensic stakeholder groups said they looked forward to taking a bigger role in the “forensic overhaul” of the sciences that has been underway nearly a decade, after U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a...
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12:11pm
8.8.2017
The Justice Department is reviving work on federal standards for what forensic experts can say in court and plans to create a program to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony.
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
10:28am
8.7.2017
Detectives across the nation told Forensic Magazine earlier this year that a loss of funding to a program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center was severely impacting their ability to conduct investigations of unidentified remains....
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12:42pm
8.4.2017
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After outcry from local law enforcement and a request by Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Friday it would backtrack on its earlier plans to begin charging agencies for use of state crime labs.
by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune
10:54am
7.31.2017
The Texas Department of Public Safety notified local law enforcement agencies across the state Thursday afternoon that it will begin charging for forensic analysis at its crime labs in six weeks, a service that has long been provided for free.
by Jason Whitely, WFAA
10:17am
7.21.2017
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Genetic material from workers who manufacture forensic tools, such as swabs, has the potential to contaminate crime scene evidence. The International Organization for Standardization put forth a standard last year to try and prevent such...
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11:46am
7.12.2017
Acid phosphatase is an enzyme found in many bodily fluids—but in especially great amounts in semen. The results of a test for the enzyme will be included in the trial of accused murderer Lloyd Arbard Harris, despite efforts from the defense to have...
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12:10pm
7.10.2017
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A chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has used her knowledge of canine chemical detection to develop the Mixed Odor Delivery Device (MODD), a safe, low cost and time effective way to train the canines on the odor of homemade explosives.
by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
11:31am
7.6.2017
A chemist at the University at Albany and her team have a new solution to quickly profile insect eggs found at crime scenes: using direct analysis in real time with high resolution mass spectrometry (DART-HRMS) to identify amino acids in the eggs....
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12:15pm
7.5.2017
Forensic drug analysts have confirmed the emergence of yet another highly potent synthetic opioid on the drug market—this time it’s carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer. It’s the latest blow to those trying to fight the opioid epidemic sweeping the...
12:12pm
6.28.2017
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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...
by Danica Kirka, Associated Press
10:30am
6.23.2017
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...
by National Institute of Justice
10:31am
6.20.2017
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...
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1:22pm
6.16.2017
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Forensic scientists can sometimes feel like they are fighting a losing battle when it comes to drugs. The opioid crisis continues to grow, and drug manufacturers continue to stay a step ahead by slightly modifying the chemical structure of synthetic...
12:53pm
6.13.2017
Four major scientific organizations have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to institute an independent committee to look at the “scientific and technical gaps” in forensic science. Their letter, dated Friday, is in response to the Department of...
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10:38am
6.12.2017
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