Monthly Archives: May 2014

New Test Detects Race and Gender With a Single Hair

hairbrushLook out criminals. The crime-busting tools of science fiction are becoming a reality. A new forensic test can detect the ethnicity and gender of someone using nothing but a single hair, and in less than two minutes no less, according to a new study.
The study, published in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, details how a new tool designed by scientists has shown a 100 percent success rate in identifying gender and ethnicity using a strand of hair

House Approves Funding Boost For Rape Kit Testing

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to add $5 million in funding to its 2015 appropriations bill for processing evidence in alleged rape cases. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), proposed the $5 million addition, which comes on top of an existing $36 million already set aside for rape-kit processing in the proposed budget

U Indy Forensic Science Team Resumes Migrant ID Project in Southern Texas

DNA 3DNewswise — This is not your typical summer break from college: A University of Indianapolis professor and five students will leave for southern Texas on Saturday to spend two weeks digging holes in oppressive heat and humidity, with more than a few snakes and scorpions as company.

Byrd appointed new director of NC state crime lab

Helix4RALEIGH, N.C. — John A. Byrd has been named the new director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory,Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Byrd’s appointment on Wednesday.

Rape kit testing rules move forward in legislature

sexual assault kitsLANSING, Mich. (AP) — When 11,000 untested rape kits were discovered in Detroit in 2009, Michigan officials faced two major questions going forward: How to resolve the backlog, and how to keep new rape kits from meeting the same fate.

District attorney to re-examine 90 convictions

human idNEW YORK (AP) — Fueled by the freeing of a prison inmate who claimed a detective framed him in a 1990 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has undertaken one of the nation’s most ambitious efforts to revisit cases of people put behind bars decades ago to determine whether they were wrongly convicted.

Rape kit reporting bill passes

CourtEffective Aug. 1, Louisiana’s criminal justice agencies handling untested sexual assault DNA collection kits must report the number of kits in their possession to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) crime lab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a measure from state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, that sets a hard deadline (Jan. 1, 2015) on getting a firm number on just how many untested sexual assault kits are in law enforcement hands.

New funding to enhance DNA analysis

GATCNEW YORK — New York City’s medical examiner will use $2.4 million in extra funding to lower the time it takes to process DNA in criminal cases.The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1kez59S ) says Acting Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson told a City Council budget hearing Tuesday the money would be used to hire 16 more criminologists.

Jayann Sepich: DNA of suspects is solving crimes and saving lives now

DNA CollectionBy Jayann Sepich
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What are these numbers? Are they numbers from a super lottery? Or maybe an offshore bank account?
These numbers hold even more hope, more promise than winning millions of dollars in a lottery. These numbers have the power to stop serial rapists and murderers before they can bring horrific pain and suffering to one more victim, before they can shatter the lives of one more family.

Police DNA Database to Be Expanded

DNA SwabISRAEL-The Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved on Tuesday of a significant expansion of the list of criminal offenses that the police will be allowed to order the suspect provide a DNA sample to further their investigations.

Oregon leads Washington in DNA crime testing

Clackamas Forensic LabPORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — There is one area where Oregon is way ahead of Washington – using DNA to solve crimes.
The Oregon State Crime Lab solves property crimes like burglary at a high rate by testing DNA left at crime scenes.
That’s how Christopher Lathrop was caught.

Remains of Kosovo Albanian War Victims Found in Serbia

Kosovo Albanian War victimsForsenic experts in Serbia have uncovered the remains of ethnic Albanians killed during the Kosovo war in a suspected mass grave, officials said Tuesday.
Since the exhumation began at the Rudnica quarry near the southwestern town of Raska in April, “the remains of 21 persons have been found,” Serbia’s commission for missing persons said in a statement.

Rape kit reporting bill passes

DNA imageEffective Aug. 1, Louisiana’s criminal justice agencies handling untested sexual assault DNA collection kits must report the number of kits in their possession to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) crime lab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a measure from state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, that sets a hard deadline (Jan. 1, 2015) on getting a firm number on just how many untested sexual assault kits are in law enforcement hands.

DNA extracted from crime scene

sole DNAPOLICE are using historical DNA evidence to crack a string of cold cases and nab dozens of sex offenders who thought they had got away with their sordid crimes.
And the DNA detectives are expecting to catch more offenders with new laws coming soon allowing DNA to be taken from a much wider range of suspects and convicted criminals.

Sheriff’s office applies for Cold Case Unit Grant

cold case logoBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is submitting a Cold Case Unit Grant to the Department of Justice to help them solve some of their ongoing unsolved cases.