Texas criminal justice organizations have begun reviewing thousands of cases that relied on an outdated method for calculating the odds that a particular person left DNA evidence at a crime scene.
At issue are samples that include more than one person’s DNA, such as evidence swabbed from a countertop after a convenience store heist or taken from bodily fluids in a rape kit. Experts revised national guidelines for calculating odds in these scenarios six years ago, but no one sounded an alarm or asked prosecutors to re-examine cases that used the previous methodology.
WEST HAVEN >> Henry C. Lee, world-renowned criminologist and namesake of the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, made the point himself Tuesday that he’s 78 now and can no longer run out to every single crime scene.
But a new joint U.S.-Chinese forensic technology research center that UNH and the Bejiing-based China University of Political Science and Law announced Tuesday aims to develop robots that can do what Lee does, among other things, Lee said.
Health Network Laboratories, headquartered in Allentown, has acquired two State College-based forensic DNA laboratories that provide testing services for human identification, paternity and criminal investigation.
HNL now owns Fairfax Identity Laboratories and Mitotyping Technologies, which recently merged to also provide comprehensive DNA testing services for immigration, estate settlements, adoption and species lineage.
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The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division began moving employees into its new Biometrics Technology Center in December just before Christmas, said Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology branch.
The agency officially opened the center in August at its CJIS site in Clarksburg, W.Va.
Forensic science professionals can obtain a green belt in Lean Six Sigma certification from one of the foremost forensics professionals in the nation beginning in March. The certification will be taught though the West Virginia University Center for Executive Education in the College of Business and Economics.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The way DNA evidence is handled could soon change, and it may have a major impact on criminal investigations in Florida.
An effort is underway to remove the expiration date on warrants for DNA swabs.
The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.
PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IntegenX announced today that for the first time in the U.S., results from its RapidHIT® System were used in court to obtain a conviction in an attempted murder case in Richland County, South Carolina. This represents a groundbreaking development in the field of Rapid DNA, as the RapidHIT System is the first of its kind to have results presented and accepted in a court of law.
Seventy-four years ago today, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, taking the lives of more than 2,400 U.S. service members and plunging the United States into World War II.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, today released Fiscal Year 2014 Funding for DNA Analysis, Capacity Enhancement and Other Forensic Activities.
In fiscal year 2014, NIJ received $117 million in appropriations to assist state and local crime laboratories with DNA analysis, lab capacity enhancement, and other forensic research, development, training and technical assistance. This report documents how the funding was awarded and describes how the funds further NIJ’s mission to improve the quality and practice of forensic science.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CN) – A law firm that defended three men who were imprisoned 18 years for a murder they didn’t commit got a $5 million payday from a federal judge on Monday. U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert granted the payout to the legal team of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, who represented John Restivo, Dennis Halstead and John Kogut.
Forensic DNA laboratories rely on reagent and plastics manufacturers to supply high-quality products with minimal interference from contaminating DNA. With the increasing sensitivity of short tandem repeat (STR) amplification systems, levels of DNA that were previously undetected may now generate partial profiles. To address the concern of laboratories worldwide regarding the potential of low-level DNA contamination in consumables, ISO 18385 has been developed to provide requirements for minimizing the risk of human DNA contamination events during the manufacturing process.
Many of you may not have heard of ISO 18385 so I’d like to give you an introduction to how the standard came to be.
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.
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.