Category Archives: DNA mixtures

Forensic DNA: When the Question is Not Who, But How

Examining courtroom testimony using the framework of Evett et al’s hierarchy for propositions. — Read on promega.foleon.com/theishireport/the-ishi-report-february-2022/when-the-question-is-not-who-but-how/

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Forensics: and police in the same building. Critics Say Broward County’s New Forensic Science Center Is a Conflict of Interest

Critics say housing the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory and the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services in the planned Broward County Forensic Science Center could lead to conflicts of interest — particularly when investigations involve deaths … Continue reading

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Forensics: The 2018 California Wildfires: Integration of Rapid DNA to Dramatically Accelerate Victim Identification – Gin – 2020 – Journal of Forensic Sciences

Notable application of DNA. Dental IDs still have some use, but times are changing. The 2018 California Wildfires: Integration of Rapid DNA to Dramatically Accelerate Victim Identification – Gin – 2020 – Journal of Forensic Sciences – Wiley Online Library … Continue reading

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Forensics: Leaving trace DNA? All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion

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

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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

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Forensics: A pathologist’s career of helping victims. “You Save as Long as You Have To”

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

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Forensics: How Your DNA—or Someone Else’s—Can Send You to Jail

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

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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/

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Forensics: Powerful DNA software used in hundreds of criminal cases faces new scrutiny

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/

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Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic DNA Evidence Secret from Defendants

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

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