Category Archives: Forensic crime lab security issues

Forensics: More fakery. Former Pinellas County Forensic Science Specialist fired for falsifying documents, PCSO says

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Specialist was fired for falsifying forensic documents, a PCSO investigation revealed. — Read on http://www.fox13news.com/news/former-pinellas-county-forensic-science-specialist-fired-for-falsifying-documents-pcso-says

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Forensics: Cyber war. Russian Government Employees Charged in Hacking Campaigns — FBI

Four Russian nationals who worked for the Russian government were charged in connection with cyber intrusions that targeted the global energy sector between 2012 and 2018. — Read on http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/russian-government-employees-charged-in-hacking-campaigns-032421

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Forensics: Washington dumps state-wide ME system bill. Effort to address critical shortage of forensic pathologists stalls

East WA state death investigations ship their bodies by FedEx for autopsies. 33 out of 39 counties have elected coroners. Senate Bill 5776 would have, among other things, created a state violence and death investigation resource center. Plans for the … Continue reading

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Forensics: Police forensic expert jailed after 3,000 crime scene and post-mortem images found on personal computer

Makes me wonder about forensic images saved for kecturing purposes. Darren Collins, 56, illegally accessed images, including those of murder victims, over a four-year period — Read on http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-dead-body-photos-jailed-b1990056.html

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Forensics: Bar counsel wants harsher penalties and files Appeals over possible sanctions for 3 former drug lab prosecutors | WBUR News

This has gone on for years. Junk drug testing scandal has fallen onto prosecutors who kept it quiet. The Office of Bar Counsel is appealing proposed sanctions for the three former assistant attorneys general, arguing each should face harsher punishments.  … Continue reading

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Forensics: Disaster. Sweeping report urges DC to review every case handled by firearms, fingerprint units at troubled crime lab

Senior leaders at the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences have come under intense scrutiny in a scathing top-to-bottom review of the District’s now unaccredited crime lab. — Read on wtop.com/dc/2021/12/sweeping-report-urges-dc-to-review-every-case-handled-by-firearms-fingerprint-units-at-troubled-crime-lab/

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Forensics Australia: Murder lab ‘train wreck’ in Shandee Blackburn case and implicates many more botched DNA cases.

This articcle goes deep into prolonged mismanagement of crime lab processing in Queensland. Renowned forensic scientist Dr Kirsty Wright knows well the importance of putting aside emotion during her sometimes harrowing job. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-25/forensic-biologist-labels-shandee-blackburn-investigation-wreck/100650606 — Read on http://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/murder-lab-train-wreck-in-shandee-blackburn-case/news-story/738939fc0249f19371e136c4d48076b1

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Forensics: Looking at years of forensic quality issues, D.C. agencies to launch post-conviction reviews in light of crisis at Department of Forensic Sciences – The Washington Post

Almost a decade ago, this lab lost its “independence” from law enforcement control, and the police/DA/mayor bunch took over. It has gone down hill ever since. The department lost its accreditation in May and recently came under fire for alleged … Continue reading

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Forensics: DC crime lab might not fully regain accreditation until early 2022

It could be early 2022 before the embattled D.C. crime lab regains its full accreditation to perform forensic testing, the lab’s interim director told a panel of science advisers last week. — Read on wtop.com/dc/2021/07/dc-crime-lab-might-not-fully-regain-accreditation-until-early-2022/

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Forensics: Talk about a political mess. DC leaders have mixed outlook after crime lab loses accreditation

D.C. leaders are reacting to word that the District’s crime lab is now fully unaccredited. While the mayor affirms the lab has appealed the decision, the future of lab operations is in question. — Read on wtop.com/dc/2021/05/dc-leaders-have-mixed-outlook-after-crime-lab-loses-accreditation/

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