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Judge orders release of man convicted of murder three decades ago in wake of state Supreme Court ruling

Date: July 16th, 2020

  By DAVID OWENS, HARTFORD COURANT JUL 02, 2019 AT 6:33 PM    “It’s a good day,” says Shawn Henning, at right, who leaves Torrington Superior Court on Tuesda...

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National institute awards $20 million in renewed funding to forensic science center

Date: May 20th, 2020

UCI researchers contribute expertise in criminology, statistics and computer science May 18, 2020, UCI News   Hal Stern (center), UCI interim provost and executive vice chancellor and a Chancellor’s Professor of statistics, leads UC...

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Maryland Court of Appeals Reverses Murder Convictions of David Faulkner and Jonathan Smith, Granting Writs of Actual Innocence

Date: May 12th, 2020

The men were convicted in 2001 for a 1987 homicide and burglary with no physical evidence linking them to the crime. By Innocence Staff, Innocence Project   (April 30, 2020 – Annapolis, Maryland) The Maryland Court o...

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False Memories of Crime Appear Real When Retold to Others

Date: April 13th, 2020

University College London News 8 April 2020 People are no better than chance at identifying when someone else is recounting a false or real memory of a crime, according to a new UCL study. Credit: Weiss & Paarz, Source: Flickr&nbs...

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'Old School' Technique Helps Expert ID Remains From 1969

Date: April 10th, 2020

By The Associated Press April 6, 2020 CONCORD, N.H. — Thanks to an old-fashioned fingerprint-matching technique, the remains of a shooting victim found alongside a New Hampshire highway 50 years ago have been identified...

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Forensic science failures putting justice at risk, says regulator

Date: March 2nd, 2020

System on a ‘knife-edge’ due to skills shortages and funding cuts in England and Wales   Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent, The Guardian Mon 24 Feb 2020 23.46 ESTLast modified on Tue 25 Feb ...

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DNA expert testifies about history of evidence contamination in SDPD crime lab

Date: February 11th, 2020

Plaintiffs argue contamination of evidence led to crime lab worker being accused in 1984 murder at Torrey Pines. Author: David Gotfredson (Investigative Producer) KFMB CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA Published: 12:15 PM PST Fe...

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Science course dances to beat of different drummer

Date: February 7th, 2020

By Lana Sweeten-Shults (GCU News Bureau), GCU Today,  January 13, 2020 Freshmen biology majors Tabitha Meythaler and Rodrigo Ramírez and junior marketing/advertising student Rafael Zarifa (from left) look at some of the music...

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AI could revolutionise DNA evidence - but right now we can't trust the machines

Date: February 6th, 2020

By:  Karen Richmond, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Strathclyde The Conversation, January 29, 2020 6.35am EST DNA evidence often isn’t as watertight as many people think. Sensitive techniques developed over the pas...

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FBI, federal prosecutors investigate District's forensic firearms lab

Date: February 3rd, 2020

Guns in storage at the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) By Keith L. Alexander, The Washington Post Jan. 23, 2020 at 9:31 a.m. EST Federal auth...

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Kennedy Assassination Bullets Preserved in Digital Form

Date: January 31st, 2020

NIST scientists used advanced imaging techniques to create digital replicas of these important historical artifacts. December 05, 2019 - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) In the palm of his hand, Thomas Brian Renegar ...

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A Solution to a Hairy Problem in Forensic Science

Date: January 29th, 2020

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) November 05, 2019   Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST Human hair is made up of proteins called keratins that are wound together into a durable structure. &nb...

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Firearms expert forged signatures on lab reports, Maryland State Police say

Date: January 24th, 2020

Evidence recovered from a shooting is displayed. The work of a former Maryland State Police firearms expert is under review after authorities learned that he forged initials on documents. (Seth Wenig/AP) By Dan Morse, The Washington Post ...

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KES gifted students learn to solve whodunits during forensics activity

Date: January 22nd, 2020

Kingston Elementary School third graders, from left, Kamillah Richardson, Katelyn Carroll and Madison Eubanks test evidence in an attempt to solve a forensics case. RANDY PARKER/THE DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS   Posted Saturday,&nbs...

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Dead Bodies Keep Moving For More Than a Year After Death, Forensic Scientist Finds

Date: January 21st, 2020

(Kovshutin Denis/iStock) By: MICHELLE STARR, Science Alert, 16 SEP 2019 According to new research, the dead may not always rest in peace... quite literally. For more than a year after death, corpses move around "significantly", an...

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Compelling new evidence that your cat might eat your corpse

Date: January 17th, 2020

A recent paper describes how feral cats scavenged two dead human bodies. (iStock) By Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post, Jan. 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. EST Left alone, a human corpse will soon be feasted upon by maggots. A...

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Physicists now have even better models for blood spatter from gunshot wounds

Date: January 16th, 2020

This latest work may have implications for the famous Phil Spector murder case By JENNIFER OUELLETTE, Ars Technica - 8/29/2019, 3:04 PM Dexter might be a (fictional) serial killer, but he's also a leading expert i...

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'Authenticity is the key' - budding crime writers on getting the science right

Date: January 15th, 2020

By Graeme Ogston, BBC Scotland Tayside and Central reporter 5 January 2020   Prof Tracey Wilkinson and Dr Diana Swales hope the course will make the students' work as accurate as possible Whether it is Ian Rankin's world-we...

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Hampikian lab helps free Georgia man wrongly imprisoned for rape

Date: January 14th, 2020

Boise State News, January 8, 2020 Kerry Robinson and his sister Miranda Taylor after his release on Jan. 8. Photo provided by the Georgia Innocence Project. On Wednesday, authorities released Kerry Robinson, 44, from Coffee Correction...

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DNA Tests Could Clear an Executed Man. Why a Judge Said No.

Date: January 13th, 2020

Sedley Alley went to his death based on scant physical evidence and a confession he said had been coerced. His daughter wants to know if he really was guilty.   April Alley sought DNA tests to determine whether her father committed a 1...

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Bed bug probe turns to forensic science, surveillance video

Date: January 10th, 2020

By Keith Gushard, Meadville Tribune, Jan 7, 2020 Associated Press file photo     WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Erie County — Forensic science and store surveillance video are being used in an effort to determi...

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Forensic Justice Project helps lawyers become more scientifically literate

Date: January 9th, 2020

by Jake Thomas, Oregon Capital Bureau, Wednesday, December 18th 2019 When Janis Puracal began reviewing evidence used to convict Nicholas McGuffin of killing his girlfriend, she recalled how it didn’t ad...

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Tackling the forensic unknowns of 3-D-printed firearms

Date: January 8th, 2020

by Shea Stewart, University of Mississippi James Cizdziel (right), UM associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and recent doctoral graduate Oscar ‘Beau’ Black have spent two years researching 3D-printed firearms throug...

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Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case

Date: January 8th, 2020

By IVAN MORENO  January 16, 2019       In this May 15, 2017 photo Patrick Pursley speaks in his apartment in Rockford, Ill. After being imprisoned nearly 24 years for the shooting death of Andy Ascher, Pursley h...

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How Vulnerable is Your Car to Cyber Attacks?

Date: January 7th, 2020

By Caroline Brooks and Thomas Holt via MSU Today The emergence of smart cars has opened the door to limitless possibilities for technology and innovation – but also to threats beyond the car itself. New research from Michigan State Un...

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Bullet shape, velocity determine blood spatter patterns

Date: January 7th, 2020

Summary: Blood spatters are hydrodynamic signatures of violent crimes, often revealing when an event occurred and where the perpetrator and victim were located, and researchers have worked toward better understanding the fluid dynamics at play durin...

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CSI: current research into the impact of bias on crime scene forensics is limited - but psychologists can help

Date: January 6th, 2020

When a jury decides the fate of a person, they do so based on the evidence presented to them in the courtroom. Evidence obtained from forensic analysis, such as DNA analysis, is often interpreted as strong evidence by jurors. This perception of...

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Infamous Buffalo Cave Torso Identified, One of the Oldest Cases Resolved Using Forensic Genealogy

Date: January 2nd, 2020

Known as the Civil Defense Caves in Dubois, Idaho, the ancient lava tubes, once a valuable resource during the Cold War, have become a family excursion for exploring the easily accessible caves. In August of 1979, one family hunting for arrowheads ...

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AG's Review Process in Weare Police-Involved Shooting Criticized

Date: December 23rd, 2019

Diagram of the Weare home where the officer-involved shooting occurred on Aug. 1. Jeffrey Clough-Garvin committed suicide after being shot by Weare Sgt. Austin Maguire.   By NANCY WEST, InDepthNH.org, December 23, 2019 CONCORD – ...

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The Case of a Man With Two Sets of DNA Raises More Questions

Date: December 12th, 2019

A crime lab studied a patient’s response to a bone marrow transplant. Readers requested more information about the perplexing findings.    Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long learn...

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When a DNA Test Says You're a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away

Date: December 7th, 2019

  After a bone marrow transplant, a man with leukemia found that his donor’s DNA traveled to unexpected parts of his body. A crime lab is now studying the case.   The DNA analysis laboratory at the Washoe County Sheri...

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DNA evidence withheld, manslaughter conviction overturned

Date: December 2nd, 2019

By ANDREW SELSKY, December 2, 2019 SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police failed to reveal DNA evidence that could have exonerated a man who has spent nine years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend, a judge ruled in overturning th...

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