Grim Sleeper defense says DNA in some cases points to another suspect

by jeeg 15. December 2014 19:01
  Since Los Angeles police first announced that they had made an arrest in the hunt for the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, the case involving the slayings of more than 10 women has centered around DNA. Genetic evidence at the crime scenes helped investigators conclude they had a sing... [More]

DNA transference under scrutiny in criminal prosecutions

by jeeg 3. July 2014 19:30
  When DNA comes up in a criminal investigation, people listen. DNA is “the gold standard” of forensic science, nearly beyond question when it comes to a criminal conviction or exoneration. Many believe the identifying power of DNA is infallible and, as a result, treat it as an a... [More]

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder

by jeeg 29. April 2014 21:44
  A woman's body is found in London. DNA turns up a hit, yet the suspect apparently died weeks before the alleged victim. Here, forensic scientist Dr Mike Silverman tells the story of one of the strangest cases of his career.   It was a real-life mystery that could have come straig... [More]

Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

by jeeg 4. February 2014 22:18
2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations. At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 ye... [More]

Kercher trial: How does DNA contamination occur?

by jeeg 31. January 2014 21:42
Potential for the contamination of forensic DNA evidence has been highlighted by the Meredith Kercher murder trial. But just how much of a problem is it and what lessons should be drawn? The high-profile retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who had been imprisoned for the killing of... [More]

DNA evidence in Grim Sleeper case was taken legally, judge rules

by jeeg 8. January 2014 21:31
A judge ruled Tuesday that DNA evidence that led to accused Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. was lawfully obtained from a pizza slice, cups and napkins seized by a police officer who posed as a restaurant busboy in 2010. Appearing on the stand for the first time, Franklin test... [More]

The Odds of Innocence

by jeeg 6. November 2013 21:55
Genetic material is the smoking gun of the modern crime scene. Juries in criminal trials are often encouraged to think of DNA profiling as an exact science, in which telltale traces of skin, hair, and blood identify perpetrators with pinpoint accuracy and rule out any likelihood of mistaken id... [More]

Pakistani Clerics Reportedly Reverse Course On DNA Evidence In Rape Cases

by jeeg 26. September 2013 23:08
Rape cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in Pakistan. Under current law, victims must produce four witnesses -- all male, adult, and pious -- to bring rape allegations to trial. Forensic evidence, such as DNA samples, is considered only circumstantial. But that could all change soon if, as... [More]

Some Worry Over a Law to Increase DNA Testing

by jeeg 19. August 2013 22:05
In some Texas counties, it takes six months or longer to get DNA test results from the Department of Public Safety, says William Lee Hon, the Polk County criminal district attorney. Now, Mr. Hon and other prosecutors fear that come Sept. 1, when a new law takes effect requiring DNA analysis ... [More]

Mishandling of DNA Evidence Is Found in Over 50 Cases at Crime Lab

by jeeg 1. February 2013 19:56
The New York City medical examiner’s office said Thursday that it had discovered more than 50 cases in which it failed to upload critical DNA evidence samples from crime scenes to the state’s DNA database, preventing those samples from being compared to genetic material from convicte... [More]
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