WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court will probably consider and may reverse a Maryland court ruling that blocked police from collecting DNA samples from people arrested and charged with certain crimes, Chief Justice John Roberts said in an order released Monday.
PROVO, UT, Jul 30, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — A research team from Ancestry.com /quotes/zigman/114846/quotes/nls/acom ACOM +0.06% , the world’s largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history. Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obama’s Caucasian mother’s side of the family.
Forensic Analyst Kimberly Rumrill will present an interesting case entitled, “Keep the Home Fires Burning” at the 23rd International Symposium on Human Identification. Ms. Rumrill will describe her experience working the Sheila LaBarre case and the unique challenges it presented. The 23 ISHI October 15-18 will feature presentations by leading forensic scientists and more than 100 scientific posters. Find out more at www.ishinews.com
Excerpt “My first encounter with the grizzly scene was on April 6, 2006. My laboratory vehicle was stocked with photography equipment and serology processing supplies that vibrated as I headed down the long dirt driveway to the quiet farm. The fields had clusters of officers combing the grounds with metal detectors and cadaver dogs looking for evidence that might reveal where Ken Counitie’s body parts might be found. Large domestic rabbits hopped freely in the yard.
A detective lead me into the house and pointed out rooms where he wanted me to document bloodstain patterns including the kitchen, dining room, living room and bathroom on the first floor. Two bedrooms and one bathroom on the second floor were also on the “To-do” list. I started my serology and BSPA analysis in the living room. The windows were covered with blankets giving the dark knotty pine paneled room a cave-like feel. The detective brought in industrial construction grade floor lamps. I was enclosed in my own personal white Tyvek sauna, roasting like a marshmallow over the heat of the lamps. Initial observations revealed a large bed-size void in the dust on the braided carpet and wooden floor.”
Home invasion, murder suspect Delmer Smith’s profile was processed too late
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New York Times
After decades of digging, paleoanthropologists looking for fossilized human bones have established a reasonably clear picture: Modern humans arose in Africa some 200,000 years ago and all archaic species of humans then disappeared, surviving only outside Africa, as did the Neanderthals in Europe. Geneticists studying DNA now say that, to the contrary, a previously unknown archaic species of human, a cousin of the Neanderthals, may have lingered in Africa until perhaps 25,000 years ago, coexisting with the modern humans and on occasion interbreeding with them.
A federal appeals court will take a second look at a California law that requires police to collect DNA from people who are arrested on suspicion of felonies, regardless of whether they are convicted.
A majority of judges on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted Wednesday to reconsider a split decision by a three-judge panel that had upheld the program in February.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has a new way to link criminals to the scene of the crime — male-specific DNA testing.
Every year, NIJ receives an appropriation from Congress to be used for the DNA Initiative and other forensic programs, research and development.
In fiscal year 2011, approximately three-quarters of the funds went directly to crime laboratories and police departments to reduce the current backlog of DNA evidence, increase laboratory capacity and solve cold cases.
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A national database to help identify missing persons and unidentified remains is more than a year away, but families and experts say that DNA is the missing piece of the puzzle that the initiative needs.