Category Archives: DNA mixtures
Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply? — Read on http://www.thecity.nyc/2021/7/15/22575790/all-cops-should-submit-dna-samples-to-avoid-crime-scene-confusion-federal-report
Forensics: Trade secrets vs Crim Law. A Virginia defendant could be the first to see secret DNA software.
Prosecutors have used software to help convict thousands but have never revealed its source code. A Virginia defendant has won the right to examine it for errors. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/trueallele-software-dna-courts/2021/07/12/66d27c44-6c9d-11eb-9f80-3d7646ce1bc0_story.html
Distressed by authorities’ poor treatment of rape victims and destruction of evidence, one doctor became a DNA archivist long before we had the technology to test it. For potentially hundreds of survivors, his faith in science is paying off. — … Continue reading
Although DNA is individual to you—a “fingerprint” of your genetic code—DNA samples don’t always tell a complete story. The DNA samples used in criminal prosecutions are generally of low quality, making them particularly complicated to analyze. They are not very … Continue reading
Forensics: A lookback on the DC crime lab’s political turmoil. Firings and nepotism reigned supreme.
The history of an acclaimed “independent” crime lab getting the shaft in Washington DC. Now the lab is in hot water for “deliberately concealed” botched lab tests. csidds.com/2016/05/25/wash-dc-crime-lab-continues-to-coverup-its-problems-of-law-enforcement-bungles/ Now the lab is suspended from operation. https://dcist.com/story/21/04/07/dc-crime-lab-loses-accreditation-over-allegations-of-conealing-information/
Error rates anyone? Powerful DNA software used in hundreds of criminal cases faces new scrutiny — Read on thenextweb.com/tech/2021/03/12/dna-software-for-criminal-cases-new-scrutiny-syndication/
An ongoing criminal court defense argument about DA refusal to disclose the prosecution-popular TrueAllele DNA software “code” is gaining judicial traction. When the government tries to convict you of a crime, you have a right to challenge its evidence. This … Continue reading
Looks like Eric the Red may have been from New Jersey. — Read on phys.org/news/2020-09-world-largest-dna-sequencing-viking.amp
It all starts with lawyers and judges learning some science. Good luck with that. Someone says “knowledge is not understanding.” This piece desxribes the didference. By Raymond ValerioChief of the Forensic Science Unit, Bronx County (New York) District Attorney’s Office … Continue reading
A simple introduction to DNA mixtures in forensic science, what are they, why they occur and the issues with assessing their evidential value. — Read on http://www.forensiccontext.com/dna-mixtures-do-you-understand-them/