The State Bar of Wisconsin decided to give out a new award this year, Lifetime Legal Innovator. The first winner seemed an obvious choice.
Norman Gahn pioneered the use of DNA evidence in criminal prosecutions in Wisconsin, a staple of the process now, but a novel, exotic and risky ploy when he began explaining it to Milwaukee County jurors in the late 1980s.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man imprisoned 16 years for rape and sex assault convictions was exonerated Monday and ordered freed after DNA evidence linked the crimes to a serial rapist on the FBI’s most wanted list.
Theresa May hopes Paris attacks will make case for joining Prüm scheme that would give fast-track access to Europe’s DNA and fingerprint records.
The analysis reveals what some of the very first Londoners looked like and where they came from.
These initial results come from four people: two had origins from outside Europe, another was from continental Europe and one was a native Briton.
Law-enforcement authorities are turning to a computer program to overcome a common hurdle in crime labs—making sense of mixed-up DNA from crime scenes. But secrecy surrounding the software has fed into a national debate about how to balance commercial concerns and defendant rights.
The ISHI Program Committee invites anyone who is interested in presenting a workshop at the 27th International Symposium on Human Identification to submit a proposal. All workshop proposals will be reviewed by committee and selected based on perceived interest to the forensic community. Proposals are due no later than January 15, 2016.
Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s effort to test thousands of rape kits could soon get a boost after Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that he has proposed $8.5 million to fund enhancements for Florida’s crime labs.
The analysis of a fossil tooth from Siberia reveals that a mysterious people known as Denisovans, discovered a mere five years ago, persisted for tens of thousands of years alongside modern humans and Neanderthals.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Nearly three decades after he was jailed for the brutal murder of a Veterans Administration nurse in Newport, recently tested DNA evidence proves William “Ricky” Virgil was wrongly convicted, according to the Kentucky Innocence Project.
The shy children from a dog-eared photograph found in the pocket of a migrant drowned off Italy may never know what happened to the man who might have been their father. Putting names to those who die while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is a huge challenge for forensic scientists, with clues sometimes limited to no more than a scar or a solitary tatoo.
Smithsonian- Vincent van Gogh’s ear is nearly as famous as his jaw-dropping Starry Night. Though its final resting place may never be found—as the legend goes, he severed off part of his ear and then gave it to a prostitute—museumgoers in New York can get a look at the next best thing. ArtNet’s Sarah Cascone reports that a living replica of van Gogh’s ear, created using the artist’s DNA, is now on display at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City.
The mummy of an Incan child who was sacrificed to the gods more than 500 years ago belonged to a previously unknown offshoot of an ancient Native American lineage, new research finds.
Tsar Nicholas II can finally be laid to rest with his murdered family, as new DNA tests have revealed that the bones found in a Russian mine a quarter of a century ago were genuine, proving beyond any doubt that the discovered skeletal remains belonged to Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, according to The Daily Mail.
There are 3,482 untested rape kits in Minnesota, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced.
The agency released its most comprehensive look at the rape kit backlog Thursday after Minnesota lawmakers directed law enforcement officials to count the number of untested kits and provide a complete inventory by Dec. 1, 2015, including why the kits haven’t been processed.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says it is “an historic step”