Month October 2015

3D Printing and Forensic Artists Meet in Florida to Crack Cold Cases

Forensic artists gather in Florida this week with the goal of cracking cold cases. Each victim’s skull has been replicated using 3D printing. The forensic artists are using the 3D printed skulls, which reveal the contours of the face, the size of the… Continue Reading →

WSJ: Low Salaries for Medical Examiners Contributes to Forensic Pathologist Shortage, Rural States Must Increase Appeal

The Wall Street Journal writes that the relatively low pay of medical examiners, a mere $185,000 compared to $335,000 for holding a similar position with a private hospital, contributes to the shortage of medical examiners across the country. For four months this… Continue Reading →

Backlog at Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences could threaten speedy trial rights

The backlog has left some suspects waiting in prison for over a year without a trial, and further delays could lead suspected criminals to walk out of jail if speedy trials right are violated. In Colbert County, Micheal Logan has… Continue Reading →

A Solution for DNA Fallibility: Probabilistic Genotyping

NPR reports on the finding by the Texas Forensic Science Commission that procedures used by Texas labs are outdated. NPR reports that a solution, probabilistic genotyping, may be the solution for Texas crime labs that had been using cutting-edge ‘testing kits’… Continue Reading →

Forensic Psychiatrists: Alliance Toward Truth Rather than Patients

Forensic psychiatrists are trained to use objective measures to evaluate whether individuals were sane at the time that they committed a crime. Read more about the role of forensic psychiatrists in criminal and civl suits, as well as about their extensive… Continue Reading →

Match statistics can be misleading when searching large DNA databases

Analysts at an Arizona state crime laboratory noticed a strange occurrence when two individuals in their database of 65,493-person database had the same two markers at nine of the 13 places on their listed DNA profile. If picking a random non-Hispanic person… Continue Reading →

Cleveland Police Discuss “Touch DNA”

Cleveland’s Special Investigations Chief discusses the use of a “cell phone dumb” and “touch DNA” to catch a serial rapist in 2014.

State Police Revisit Middlesex County Cases in Which Faulty Forensic Hair Analyses Were Used

The state police in Massachusetts have brought in an employee who will exclusively revisit cases between 1980 and 2000, in which forensic hair analyses were conducted.

Oklahoma used wrong drug in the execution of Charles Warner

Warner’s autopsy report revealed that potassium acetate, rather than the potassium chloride which Oklahoma’s protocol calls for, was used in his execution. Warner’s execution had previously been stayed when another inmate’s execution was botched on the day Warner had been… Continue Reading →

Support for Forensic Science Research

A just-released NAS report, here, on “improving the scientific role of the National Institute of Justice.” A brief description: The National Academy of Sciences has published the report Support for Forensic Science Research: Improving the Scientific Role of the National Institute… Continue Reading →

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