Fort Worth, TX — The DNA testing of bones recently sent to the University of North Texas Health Science Center from the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle will likely take months to complete.
After University of South Florida researchers announced they’d unearthed 55 bodies at Dozier — 24 more than official records said were buried there — officials sent bone and tooth samples from 5 of the bodies to Texas for testing.
DENVER — A proposal that would eliminate statutes of limitations for offenses committed during sexual assaults passed the full House on Thursday morning.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that forensic scientists with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have tested more than 3,000 previously untested rape kits.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday promoted President Barack Obama’s request for $35 million to help test more rape kits, saying it will help fight crime.
The money is included in the $3.9 trillion spending plan for the 2015 budget year that Obama unveiled this week. It would be used to provide grants of unspecified amounts to states and local governments, spending that would require approval from Congress.
CHEYENNE — Andrew Johnson may have to go back to court if he wants the state to compensate him for the 23 years he wrongfully spent behind bars.
The House passed Senate File 30 today, which requires individuals exonerated based on DNA evidence to return to court to prove their innocence in return for compensation. In the original version of the bill, anyone exonerated as a result of DNA evidence would have been eligible for up to $500,000 without having to return to court. But an amendment added the requirement that the exonerated prisoner return to court.
For more than 30 years, the mystery of who brutally raped and murdered Priscilla Lee Strole, 40, inside her Fairfield home remained unresolved.
Thanks to forensic breakthroughs, including a national fingerprint database and DNA evidence collected at the scene of the grisly murder, and the persistent efforts of a cold case detective team, the mystery has been solved, police said Tuesday.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9 obtained records that show the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab is drowning in a backlog of sexual battery DNA kits that need to be tested for evidence, which could delay justice for rape victims.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to force people arrested for certain crimes to submit DNA samples for a law enforcement database was rejected Wednesday by the Oklahoma House, despite an emotional plea from the bill’s author about a brutal Oklahoma murder solved because of the database.
City Weekly reported in January on a survey conducted by a veteran Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner showing that 94 percent of reported adult sexual assaults in Salt Lake County were not prosecuted. The shocking statistic prompted lawmakers to dig into the logistics of how rape kits are often left on law-enforcement shelves, and they soon learned that the problem is not limited to Salt Lake County.
Seattle, Wash. – Forensic scientists from around the world flocked here in mid-February for a professional association meeting that was as intriguing as a Sherlock Holmes mystery and as riveting as an episode of CSI – the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). I tagged along with my colleagues from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help spread the word about what NIST does in forensic science.
Police catch Graham Meharg after he had something to eat and left baseball cap behind
PITTSBURGH –(Business Wire)– Mixtures of two or more people are the bane of forensic DNA laboratories. Hundreds of thousands of evidence items go unused because human analysts cannot interpret them. Cybergenetics TrueAllele Casework computer system can reliably preserve identification information in these cases, as described in a recent Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) article entitled “New York State TrueAllele® Casework Validation Study.”
Detroit — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy detailed for city officials Tuesday her ongoing effort to process more than 10,000 untested rape kits and discussed the challenges of running a “severely” underfunded and understaffed office.
NIJ funding helped the Boston Police Department solve a rape and murder case almost 50 years after the crime.
GENEVA, – A senior UN official alleges that Francis Gurry, the Australian head of the world body’s intellectual property agency, engineered the theft of personal items from employees to extract DNA samples, and then covered it up by intimidation and by suppressing attempts to investigate it, according to a legal complaint filed recently at a UN tribunal in Geneva.