March 10, 2014 Forensics in Focus Don’t forget I tweet @csidds on all sorts of issues and events.
FORENSICS: National disaster of untested rape kits. Celebrity interest in this forensic disaster that affects thousands and thousand of crime victims
FORENSICS: MN. $500K pays for 600 cold case tests. 400K untested US rape kits = $400 – 500M.
Australia: Besides having a raging drought, crime lab has a slow ballistics’ turnaround in a jurisiction named WAGGA
Personal stories of people dedicated to achieving a more balanced and fair US criminal justice system.
Your US tax money for prosecutors, prisons, marshals, a little for defense attorneys, law enforcement, public safety, a blip for forensic research and Abrams tanks.
MS cold DNA case. Only evidence indicating physical contact. “DNA can’t determine when and how it was transferred.”
FLA death penalty law very broad. One DA outpaces all others x 5.
DAs object to vigorous public ‘confrontation” by Judge Kozinski. They would prefer a less media available forum.
State oversight hoped on rape cases in W.Va. as legislature passes bill to monitor evidence
No militia means more intrusive law enforcement: Column
Incoming! Backyard ‘bang bang’ ranges Ok in FLA.
nonSWAT: Unsolved US murders = 200K. Increases 6K a year. Local LEOs manage most all investigations.
SWAT: Good shoot. Officers Cleared in Columbia City SWAT Shooting Inquest
FORENSICS: Inter-agency research on sequential vs simultaneous suspect presentation to eye wits.
FORENSICS: FLA buggy Motorola fingerprint ID system in disarray – Cost$$$
77 yo MD selling drug samples gets convicted and probation.