False positive highlights limitations of familial DNA searching

by jeeg 4. May 2015 23:30
  Michael Usry, a young New Orleans filmmaker, has a flair for the macabre. His award-winning output includes titles like “Murderabilia,” a dark production that spotlights the trade in collectibles related to real-life killings and other violent crimes. Usry’s work can ... [More]

Pseudoscience in the Witness Box

by jeeg 24. April 2015 00:03
  The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered eviden... [More]

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

by jeeg 20. April 2015 23:56
  The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with... [More]

How DNA Is Turning Us Into a Nation of Suspects

by jeeg 11. March 2015 23:50
  Every dystopian sci-fi film we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science, technology and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. By tapping into your phone lines and cell phone communications,... [More]

Supreme Court gives tacit approval for government to take anybody’s DNA

by jeeg 2. March 2015 22:10
  The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the conviction of a rapist whose prosecution rested on DNA swiped from the armrests of an interrogation-room chair. Without comment, the justices refused to review a 4-3 decision from Maryland's top court that upheld the life sentence and conviction o... [More]

Your DNA is everywhere. Can the police analyze it?

by jeeg 23. February 2015 20:39
  Anybody who has watched a crime drama knows the trick. The cops need someone's DNA, but they don’t have a warrant, so they invite the suspect to the station house, knowing some of the perp’s genetic material will likely be left behind. Bingo, crime solved. Next case. A hu... [More]

Law Enforcement Investigation Tools Expand Beyond DNA to Bacteria

by jeeg 28. January 2015 19:53
  For the past five years, forensic scientists have been taking advantage of their ability to collect Touch DNA, small samples of DNA from evidence that has been handled by suspects. Items such as vehicle steering wheels, gun grips, door handles, and victim’s clothing have provided val... [More]

NY State Police Investigating Cheating Allegations on DNA Tests

by jeeg 19. January 2015 20:05
  State police are looking into whether or not several of their forensic analysts cheated during a proficiency exam for new DNA test technology, technology that a local lawyer says shouldn't be allowed in New York courts. Defense attorney Fred Rench is challenging the validity of a DNA test... [More]

The Future of Criminal DNA Collection in 2015

by jeeg 6. January 2015 23:05
  DNA can reveal an extraordinary amount of private information about you, including familial relationships, medical history, predisposition for disease, and possibly even behavioral tendencies and sexual orientation. While DNA testing in a criminal context has some benefits—such as... [More]

Judge tosses out two types of DNA evidence used regularly in criminal cases

by jeeg 5. January 2015 21:30
  A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA evidence regularly used in criminal cases throughout the city, the Daily News has learned. Justice Mark Dwyer has thrown out the results of low copy number DNA testing, which generates profiles from minuscule samp... [More]
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