Month September 2015

Expert Testimony on Fingerprint Evidence Leads to Acquittal in Canada Drug Trafficking Case

The expert testified that he could not determine how long the fingerprints had been on the surface, but the placement of the fingerprints were more consistent with the drug being handled by the defendant in British Columbia, rather than Whitehorse,… Continue Reading →

Inman and Rudin: Could Your Lab be Next?

The latest “proceedings of lunch” from the CAC newsletter with a detailed timeline and discussion of the shut-down of the Metropolitan crime lab.  They write: “This is a watershed moment for the profession of forensic science, a sentinel event, if you… Continue Reading →

More Than Simply Financial Reticence to Test Rape Kits

Interesting article after the $79 Million in grants to DNA test backlogged kits – what else is preventing those kits from being tested?  Jessica Valenti opines that the dearth of testing is also due to myths about rape, victim-blaming, and a… Continue Reading →

Delhi police to test dog bitemarks as evidence

“Police had, in fact, planned ahead to have the dog’s teeth impressions tested for a match with the marks on Lipika’s body. If the samples match, Lipika’s claims would be substantiated and the case would become watertight.” http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/To-nail-MLA-cops-looking-for-Don-for-proof-that-it-bit-his-wife/articleshow/48977368.cms

Forensic Tests to be Conducted on Hillary Clinton’s Server

The tests to be conducted on Hillary Clinton’s server are similar to those used with any piece of digital evidence. Learn about the process here.

DNA Evidence Exonerates Man Given Life Sentence

Forensic testing revealed that Lewis Fogle could not have been the source of sperm on a murder victim killed in 1976. The case was dismissed with prejudice, and will not be retried by the DA. Fogle was represented throughout his appeals… Continue Reading →

Can DNA evidence solve a 30-year-old crime?

The 1984 sexual assault and murder of a 14-year-old Claire Hough on a California beach became a cold case after DNA swabs failed to provide any matches. In 2012, a more sensitive technique was used to analyze DNA found on… Continue Reading →

Faulty Evidence Prompts Dropping Of U.S. Spying Charges Against Prof

Via our friends at the Crime Report: The U.S. Justice Department has dropped espionage charges against Xi Xiaoxing, chairman of Temple University’s physics department. Last spring, Xi was accused of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China. Prosecutors cited schematics of sophisticated… Continue Reading →

Retro Report on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Woodward case

The NYT’s new series, the Retro Report, on the Woodward case and divided medical opinion on SBS diagnosis. “Has the syndrome been diagnosed too liberally? Are some innocent parents and other caretakers being wrongly sent to prison? Those questions, at the… Continue Reading →

Oregon receives $4 million to test backlogged rape kits

After a recent audit by the Oregon State Police (OSP), it was discovered that there were more than 4,700 untested rape kits and that virtually every law enforcement agency within the state had a backlog of untested rape kits. Recently,… Continue Reading →

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