Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Triad Law Enforcement Agencies want Regional Forensics Lab

GATTACA ImageGUILFORD COUNTY — Ten law enforcement agencies have come together with a way to try and get suspects off the streets faster. Officers say it can take up to two years to get tests like DNA results back from the state crime lab – but a new plan on the table could cut down that time significantly.

DNA profiling the new headache for NDA government

DNA HelixThe union cabinet next week is likely consider a bill to create national DNA database of all those in conflict with law including suspects and volunteers which the critics term as against the “basic tenements of the Constitution”.

Justice Dept. insists it has no appropriation for rape-kit testing

DOJ says no fundsThe Department of Justice is insisting that it has no specific appropriation from Congress to fund the testing of rape kits around the country, even though some members of Congress say Justice should have funding from the huge omnibus spending bill from late last year.
Last week, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, accused Justice of failing to fund the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Program, even though Congress authorized that program in 2013, and funded it in 2014.

Timothy Kupferschmid of the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner on New Forensic DNA Techs

timkupferschmidNEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — With a staff of 175, including 160 scientists, the Department of Forensic Biology of the City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is the largest forensic DNA testing laboratory in the United States and has been at the forefront of developing and testing new technologies for analyzing samples from crime scenes and identifying human remains.

New chief named for D.C.’s DNA lab

3d render of DNA on blue background

3d render of DNA on blue background

WASHINGTON—A longtime FBI agent who oversaw DNA analysis at the bureau’s laboratory has been named as the head of the District of Columbia’s troubled DNA lab. Jenifer Smith was appointed Friday to lead the District’s Department of Forensic Sciences.

The “Baby Doe” Investigation Showcases Forensic Science at Its Purest

Baby and DNAThe story of “Baby Doe”–the little girl whose body was found along a Boston shoreline in June–has captured the nation’s attention. So far, we know virtually nothing about what happened. We don’t know who she was, what happened to her, or who was responsible.

New Law Requires Police in Michigan to Collect More DNA

DNA CollectorEffective July 1, police agencies in Michigan are taking DNA from people arrested for any felony or three misdemeanors. A new law will have police across the state taking DNA swabs more frequently.
The samples will be collected for a database that can be used by law enforcement agencies statewide.
“What they’re trying to do is increase and solve a lot of cases,” Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said.

State requires DNA tests, but who pays what?

DNA CollectorSTEVENS POINT – People found guilty of crimes in Wisconsin must pay to have their DNA collected — but ambiguous wording in the law may mean they’re not all paying the same amount.

How Anthony Graves Went from Death Row to Overseeing the Houston Crime Lab

Anthony GravesA few weeks ago, Anthony Graves began hearing rumors that he was under consideration for a spot on the Houston Forensic Science Center’s board of directors — a post that would put him in a position to help the city prevent wrongful convictions.

Minnesota county plans restarting DNA collection for some defendants

DNA in a test tubeA county south of the Twin Cities says it is planning to restart the collection of DNA samples from people arrested and charged with violent crimes.

Crime-scene DNA errors spark complex legal questions

DNA HelixPHOENIX — Recent admissions by the FBI involving data errors in calculating DNA probabilities are challenging the infallibility of DNA evidence, a science with a longstanding reputation as the forensic gold standard.
Prosecutors and bureau officials say the mistakes will have a minimal effect on criminal cases, but the real impact of the revelations in courtrooms across the country remains to be seen.

Detroit, UPS figure way out of sex assault kit backlog

Sexual Assault Kits 3Hundreds of thousands of sexual assault victims around the country have gone through the humiliation of medical exams to obtain the DNA of their alleged attackers, only to have the evidence sit unused and not analyzed in a warehouse or on a shelf for years, sometimes decades.

China completes DNA collection to identify ship dead

430 victims of disasterChina has completed the DNA collection needed to identify the 432 bodies recovered so far from last week’s deadly Yangtze boat disaster.

2 brothers pardoned, clearing way for them to receive $750K

Blue Helix4RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When DNA evidence freed two brothers wrongfully imprisoned for an 11-year-old girl’s killing, each was given $45 by prison officials.
Nine months later, pardons issued Thursday by North Carolina’s governor have cleared the way for Henry McCollum and Leon Brown to receive $750,000 each from the state for spending three decades in prison…

FBI notifies Maricopa County Attorney’s Office about DNA data errors

Technician and PipettePHOENIX — The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has received information about errors in FBI DNA Profile Frequency Data.