Category Archives: US Crime labs

Forensics: 1700 kits analyzed results in Charges filed in 6 California cold cases after sexual assault kit backlog cleared

Orange County authorities have cleared a backlog of untested sexual assault kits going back decades and the results led to the filing of charges in six cold cases, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/charges-filed-6-california-cold-cases-sexual-assault-kit-backlog-clear-rcna35893

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Forensics: Genetic Genealogy. Woman arrested in deaths of newborns found in 1999, 2003, police say

A woman recently identified through DNA as the mother of both babies has been arrested in their deaths. — Read on http://www.13abc.com/2022/05/09/woman-arrested-deaths-newborns-found-1999-2003-police-say/

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Forensics: Police arson opinion “divorced from science.” After multiple appeals, Claude Garrett Sees Murder by Arson Conviction Overturned

Thirty years after a fatal fire sent Garrett to prison for life, a judge vacated his conviction, opening the door to his release. — Read on theintercept.com/2022/05/07/claude-garrett-murder-arson-conviction-overturned/

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Forensics: False witness testimony and coerced confessions mixed with ‘Junk’ Forensic Science Lands Thousands of Innocents in Prison

The dawning realization that junk science might have put a vast number of innocent people behind bars has prompted the Innocence Project to widen the net of cases that it takes on. — Read on thecrimereport.org/2022/04/28/junk-forensic-science-lands-thousands-of-innocents-in-prison/

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Forensics: Woman whose rape DNA led to her arrest to sue San Francisco

The woman whose DNA from a sexual assault case was used by San Francisco police to arrest her in an unrelated property crime plans to sue the city — Read on abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/woman-rape-dna-led-arrest-sue-san-francisco-83377423

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Forensics: Hair. Another Lawyer passes the buck. AG Stein defends science that sent innocent men to prison in interview

Attorney General Josh Stein defended a science that has sent at least four innocent men to prison in North Carolina. Stein refused to answer WBTV’s questions on camera for nearly a year. But that changed in early February. — Read … Continue reading

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Forensics: FBI Statement on Investigation into Bomb Threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Houses of Worship — FBI

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces are leading the investigation into the nationwide series of bomb threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and houses of worship. — Read on http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-statement-on-investigation-into-bomb-threats-to-historically-black-colleges-and-universities-and-houses-of-worship

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Forensics: This police lab is a total wreck. Oversight Hearing Reveals More Issues at DC Crime Lab – WCP

The DC crime lab lost its accreditation last year. Its interim director says he has no solid plan for returning to regular operations. — Read on washingtoncitypaper.com/article/545794/oversight-hearing-reveals-more-issues-at-crime-lab/

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Forensics: experts weigh in on DC crime lab’s next steps

Its still politicians vs scientists at this lab in DC. The team of forensic experts advising prosecutors about the troubled D.C. crime lab are urging against District officials’ plan to reinstate some divisions of the agency quickly. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: False/misleading forensics compose 24% of wrongfully convicted nation wide. Michiganders have lost more than 1,415 years of freedom

Deniers of these stats blame the lawyers. Wrongful convictions have led to Michiganders spending at least 1,417 years in prison. Nationwide, exonerees have lost at least 26,289 years to prison. — Read on http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/wrongfully-convicted-michiganders-have-lost-more-than-1415-years-of-freedom

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