Category Archives: US Crime labs

Forensic Genealogy Leads to Arrest in 1987 Sex Assault Case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — DNA evidence left behind 35 years ago and the use of forensic genealogy has led to the arrest of an Indiana man on charges that he sexually assaulted two Rhode Island girls in 1987, authorities announced … Continue reading

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Forensics: The history of DAs supporting junk science. A look back in time.

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Forensics: Blood in soil. Kristin Smart Murder Trial: Forensic DNA consultant resumes testimony, calls prosecution’s witness into question

Thursday’s proceedings resumed with testimony from the defense’s second witness: Elizabeth Johnson, a forensic DNA consultant working through a private practice. — Read on mustangnews.net/kristin-smart-murder-trial-forensic-dna-consultant-resumes-testimony-calls-prosecutions-witness-into-question/

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Forensics: Expanding doubt, Massachusetts crime lab scandal may involve even more wrongdoing

A decade-old drug testing scandal at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute may involve wrongdoing by more chemists than just Annie Dookhan, according to a judge. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/massachusetts-crime-lab-drug-testing-scandal-rcna48940

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Forensics: Brand new Crime lab mistakes man’s Tums for cocaine; Audit underway

Crime lab mistakes man’s Tums for cocaine; Audit underway – KTVZ — Read on ktvz.com/cnn-regional/2022/09/20/crime-lab-mistakes-mans-tums-for-cocaine-audit-underway/

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Forensics: Diversity Issues: Forensic Scientists are Whiter Than Communities They Serve

Unless there is greater diversity in the field, much of the technology being developed  will continue to ignore the impacts on people of color, according to a new report. — Read on thecrimereport.org/2022/09/08/study-forensic-scientists-are-whiter-than-communities-they-serve/

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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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